In 1984, Stephen King's Firestarter became a horror film hit, with its frightening tale of a young couple whose involvement in a secret government drug experiment produced a dangerously gifted child. Sociopathic agent John Rainbird was instrumental in the "lot 6" testing and earned the young gril's trust for his own ends. He then murdered her parents. Enraged, she unleashed her pyrokinetic powers, engulfing Rainbird in flames—and left him for dead.
The child is now a woman. Charlene "Charlie" McGee (Marguerite Moreau) has spent the past 10 years on the run from the unscrupulous government agents who created her. Now she's through running and has decided to reclaim her life. A showdown is inevitable, and Charlie's only chance for survival lies in a turncoat government agent and a half-made professor named Richardson (Dennis Hopper).