Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: this is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw). Abandoned on the filthy streets of Paris as a child, he grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: a sense of smell more powerful than any other human's. Soon, under the tutelage of legendary perfumer Giuseppe Baldini (Dustin Hoffman) he is creating the most sublime fragrances in all the city. Yet, there is one odour he cannot capture. It is exquisite, magical: the scent of a young virgin. And, to get it, he must kill.