Laura (Uma Thurman) has no past. She disguises herself, picks up lecherous middle-aged men, slips them a mickey, and empties their wallets. She could care less. Laura lives in a world where there are "clubs with no signs, no names, no nothing". Sid (Paul Dillon), an old acquaintance who's turned up, is a musician looking for a gig in a club with no name. He's left trouble behind; she's looking for it. So it's natural their paths should meet. Laura has an upstairs neighbour, a man not unlike her unwitting prey, named William, is a middle-aged poet, writer, and connossieur - an old Village-type bohemian. But to William, Laura is not unlike the daughter who deserted him - and to whom a deadly payback is about to happen.