Jesse Lujack (Richard Gere) is a small-time car thief who loves livin', Jerry Lee Lewis and his Silver Surfer comic books. But most of all, Jessie loves Monica (Valerie Kaprisky), the sexy French architecture student he just met in Vegas. Determined to provide her with the good life, Jesse uses all his rockabilly charm to convince the resistant Monica to drop everything and join him on a trip to sunny Mexico in a fire-red Caddy with the top down and the woman he loves finally at his side, Jessie feels on top of the world. But no matter how much rubber he burns, there's something that Jessie just can't outrun. As he races faster and faster away from his past and toward his dreams, Jessie must keep everything that's important to him - especially Monica - close by his side...or risk losing them forever!