Fashion photographer Scott Bruin has everything a bachelor could want. But following a night of love-making with one of his models, he has a nightmare where he sees himself strangling a beautiful girl to death. Worse, when he is jolted awake from the dream, he finds his own hands around the throat of the girl he is sleeping with. Haunted by it all, he stays awake the rest of the night. Scott's peace of mind is shot when the dream starts returning nightly; same girl, same location. Things deteriorate further when it happens one afternoon while he is wide awake. Starting to question his mental condition, he sees a psychiatrist who assures Scott that the recurrent dream is probably nothing more than stress. That's when Scott sees something that rattles him to the core -a hand-painted T-shirt with an exact portrait of the girl in his nightmare. Scott manages to track down the artist who tells Scott that the girl isn't real. Confused, the tormented Scott quickly becomes obsessed with the girl in the dream. That's when she shows up at his door.Her name is Kimberly. She is stunning. And angry; convinced that Scott has been hired by a jealous ex-husband to spy on her. Keeping the true story to himself, he takes her to lunch. They connect and end up at a Malibu mansion that Kimberly is house sitting- the same house Scott has seen in his nightmares. They spend the night together in the mansion and make love, which turns out to be a bad move on Scott's part. Because he is already falling for this mysterious woman. He's also still having the dreams about killing her. Worse, now she's sleeping right next to him. Tortured by his macabre secret, he struggles constantly with foreboding feelings of deja vu and falls deeper and deeper in love, the dreams escalating. One night during the dream he bolts awake in a cold sweat, his hands clamped down on Kimberly's throat. Riddled by guilt and now fearing he might actually kill her in his sleep some night, he gets drunk and tells her the whole bizarre story, then We her a gun and instructs her to shoot him if he ever tries to hurt her again. When Kimberly is away at work, Scott discovers something in the mansion that chills him to the bone - a video disc that shows Scott's nightmares, exactly as he dreamed them, frame by frame. Stunned and aware that he's being used, he confronts Kimberly and demands to know what the hell's going on. Kimberly finally admits to playing a part in an incredible mind control experiment and that Scott was set up and manipulated by her lover, Ken Strom, a powerful and dangerous man who had chosen Scott as a guinea pig in a plot to control human behavior. She then tells Scott that she decided to quit the game when she realized she had fallen in love with him. Scott wants some answers. And his life back. Realizing Scott will never get past Ken's armed goons on his own, Kimberly tells Scott to use her as a hostage, that Ken would never hurt her. With the gun on Kimberly, Scott manages to get into Ken's office, where Ken fills Scott in on his part in the experiment. After hitting a remote control button and blowing Scott's mind with an on-the-spot demonstration, Ken informs him that the whole scenario was a set-up from the gate; the psychiatrist, the T-shirt artist, Kimberly, all of them were on Ken's payroll. As Scott scoops up evidence, more of Ken's goons show up to eliminate him. That's when Kimberly makes a painful decision. Though deeply in love with Scott, she fears for his safety, realizing that Ken won't rest until she's back with him. Tortured, she does the only thing she can to save Scott; when his back is turned, she quickly prepares a hypodermic full of tranquilizer, then manages to plunge it into him. She collects the incriminating evidence, tears streaming down her face. Outside, Ken's helicopter is touching down. Through half- conscious eyes. Scott watches helplessly as the woman he loves boards the chopper and disappears into the night forever.