Hot shot advertising executive Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) thinks he's God's gift to women and can get anyone he wants. After an accident he discovers that he can hear what women are really thinking about and is upset that his showing off techniques are not popular with his female colleagues. To make matters worse his dream of being promoted to a higher position has been thwarted by man-eating, new team member Darcy (Helen Hunt). He does not like this and uses his new found powers to ruin her by reading her mind and selling her ideas as his own. But soon his plan backfires as she starts to fall in love with him and there seems to be no way out.