Based on actual events... Leaonard is a serial killer who is documenting his "life story" by keeping a Scrapbook of his many victims. In addition to adhering polaroids, scraps of clothing, and other small trophies to the pages, leonard has forced his victims to personally write in the Scrapbook about their individual ordeals, Leonard abducts a young woman named Clara. Clara is beaten, raped, starved and locked up like an animal, filthy and naked. She is forced to write in Leonard's Scrapbook, adding her agony to the pages. Clara soon realizes that her only hope for survival is to communicate with Leonard (and attempt to manipulate him) through her writings in his cherished Scrapbook.