Johnny Smith (Anthony Michael Hall) has been leading an idyllic small-town life. Employed as a science teacher, Johnny takes great pleasure in showing his young students the wonders of the natural world. Johnny's life is nearly perfect - until the day his life is interrupted by a near-fatal car crash that leaves him in a deep coma. Six years later, Johnny finally regains consciousness and discovers that life as he once knew it has completely changed. His mother has passed away, and fianc has gone on to marry someone else - and now has a son. But Johnny himself is also not the same person he once was: he now finds himself in possession of amazing psychic powers which allow him to see into the lives of anyone he touches and a gift of second sight. Based on characters and story from the best-selling book by Stephen king, the dead zone is a psychological Thriller That combines a rich mix of action, The Paranormal and a continuing quest for justice.