Walter Black (Mel Gibson - Lethal Weapon) is in the midst of a crippling bout of depression which has led him to shun his wife Meredith (Jodie Foster – Maverick) and their kids. Isolated and alone, Walter decides to take his own life but even screws that up. He then stumbles upon an old, dusty kids toy in a dumpster and feels a connection. Putting the toy on his hand, Walter now has the confidence to tackle his problems head on. The only trouble is, he can now only communicate through his glove puppet, the beaver.