Thrown from the wreckage of his '74 Camaro, Paul Sheldon, author of abestselling series of historical romances, wakes up one day in a secludedColorado farmhouse owned by Annie Wilkes, a psychotic ex-nurse who claimsshe is his number one fan. Immobilized from the pain of two shattered legsand a crushed knee, Sheldon is at Annie's mercy.Unfortunately for Sheldon, Annie is mad; mad that he killed off herfavorite character, Misery Chastain, in his latest book; mad that he wantsto escape; and of course, mad in the most extreme clinical sense of theword.To set the world straight, Annie buys Sheldon a typewriter and some paper,drugs him, locks him in a room, and forces him to bring Misery back to lifein a novel dedicated to her. Fear of physical torture is Sheldon's greatestmotivation. One wrong sentence and she is likely to smash his legs with asledgehammer, cut his thumbs off with a hacksaw, or much, much worse. Butwriters have weapons too. . . .