After a visit to Japan, Karl Kinsky (Bruce Dern) becomes obsessed with tattoos, and learns the art himself. He sets up his own parlour where he meets a beautiful young woman, Maddy (Maud Adams). She soon finds herself stifled by his intensity and cuts off all contact, a move that sends Karl over the edge. He kidnaps her, drugs her and then uses her body as a canvas. A psychological thriller, scripted by Luis Bunuel's daughter-in-law.