|James Spader||E. Edward Grey|
|Maggie Gyllenhaal||Lee Holloway|
|Patrick Bauchau||Dr. Twardon|
|Stephen McHattie||Burt Holloway|
|Jessica Tuck||Tricia O'Connor|
|Amy Locane||Lee's Sister|
|Lesley Ann Warren||Joan Holloway|
Lee Holloway, a young woman with a history of severe emotional problems, is released into the care of her overbearing parents following a stay at a mental institution. She finds work as a secretary for a rigid and demanding attorney, E. Edward Grey, and starts dating the kind but dull Peter . However, Lee soon realizes she's turned on by Grey's stern demeanor, and begins a sadomasochistic relationship with him.