|Klaus Maria Brandauer||Klaus Schneider/Eric Jan Hanussen|
|Erland Josephson||Dr. Bettelheim|
|Ildiko Bansagi||Sister Betty|
Austrian soldier Klaus Schneider is shot in the head during combat in World War I. As he recovers under the watch of Dr. Bettleheim, Schneider discovers he has the ability to read minds and see the future. Renaming himself Erik Jan Hanussen, he uses his new abilities to make money in Germany as a mind reader. Soon, Hanussen predicts the rise of Hitler and World War II, which raises his profile while also endangering his life.