Fearless is based on a novel by Rafael Yglesias. Jeff Bridges stars as one of the few survivors of an airplane crash. Because he had led several other passengers to safety, Bridges is hailed as a hero. This has a negative effect on his personality; he becomes increasingly withdrawn from his loved ones as he develops a Messianic complex. Bridges' psychiatrist introduces his patient to another of the crash victims, Rosie Perez, who lost her baby in the disaster. As Bridges helps Rosie to adjust to her tragedy, she helps pull him out of his self-imposed shell.