Frederick Huntsman had a tough childhood. He was deaf for five years before his hearing was restored. His schoolmates shunned him and he never had a girlfriend in high school but this painful past left him with one very helpful skill: he could read lips.He was looking for his first job when he saw two people talking about a kidnapping. He reports this to the police but they do not believe him so he rescues the kidnap victim himself. The victim was the daughter of the town's Mayor who is a very rich man and is vying to become state governor. He employs Freddie as his investigator at a very high salary. Freddie uses his skill to keep track of what Barforth "e;Spike"e; Crawley, the kidnapper is planning to do next. Suddenly Freddie finds himself very popular with the opposite sex. The hunt for Crawley takes him into the woods and an encounter with a grizzly bear and a very attractive girl. He solves a ten year old murder as the mayor is elected to the governorship and Crawley finally corners Freddie, seeking revenge.