Howard Spitz (Kelsey Grammer - Frasier)writes really bad detective novels and is broke. Having realised how much money per word can be made from children's books, he creates "Crafty Cow" the cow detective - "Days she gives milk, nights she's a detective!"
When researching in a kids library, he meets Sam, a precocious pre-teen who offers him editorial advice in return for his help to find his long lost Father. To everybody's surprise, not least Howard's weary agent Lou, "Crafty Cow" becomes a huge hit. The only trouble is, Howard hates kids...so, unable to cope with his new found success, he hires an actor, the dim-witted Roger to impersonate him.
As the search for Sam's Father continues, Howard reluctantly falls for her mum, Laura (Amanda Donohoe), Roger develops an ego, Lou almost smiles and the whole scam gets increasingly out of control, forcing the real Howard Spitz to finally step into the limelight.