A young girl lies in a hospital room, her tattooed body very close
to death -- there is a bullet lodged in her brain. Several rooms
away is the man who tried to kill her, his own body grievously
wounded from axe blows inflicted by the girl he has tried to kill.
She is Lisbeth Salander, computer hacker and investigator, and the
man is her father, a murderous Russian gangster. If Salander
recovers from her injuries, she is more than likely to be put on
trial for three murders -- the authorities regard her as a
dangerous individual. But she won't see the inside of a courtroom
if her father manages to kill her first.