In this story of a sleuth trailing improbable characters involved in a ridiculous conspiracy, Kelly McGillis is the idealistic and hardly convincing political activist who in 1951 refuses to answer questions before a Senate hearing on her involvement in a controversial organization.
She takes a job reading to a crochety old blind lady (Jessica Tandy) whose row house garden is adjacent to another brownstone where there are mysterious goings-on. It just so happens the same senator (Mandy Patinkin) who grilled her about her political leanings is in the house shouting as an interpreter translates into German.
McGillis is intrigued. She collects about three clues and figures out Patinkin is smuggling Nazis in by having them take the names of dead Jews.
Jeff Daniels is Ned to McGillis’ Nancy Drew. He is the FBI agent who manages to come in at exactly the right moments to save her from whatever perilous predicament she is in at the time – no matter how preposterous.