In the little resort town of Nelson, Washington, well-loved Fire Chief C.D. Bales (Steve Martin) is sensitive about his remarkably long nose. A beautiful, intelligent astronomer, Roxanne (Daryl Hannah), in town to study a comet, finds herself attracted toanother newcomer, C.D.'s imported professional firefighter, Chris (Rick Rossovich). Roxanne confides her interest to the secretly-smitten C.D., who reluctantly passes it on to Chris. But Chris is dumbstruck, and convinces C.D. to ghost-write a letter toRoxanne-one that, unbeknownst to Chris, is an outpouring of C.D.'s own feelings for her. Since it seems to both men that Roxanne wants, as Chris tells C.D., a man that looks like me and talks like you, the deception continues, until Roxanne has fallen inlove with the author of the passionate letters-while C.D. remains certain that she could never love a remarkable face like his.