Dr Gwen Barry (Frances Fisher) is a sexually repressed woman with a lifetime of passion simmering just below the surface. When she hires a day-release prisoner – the muscular Dalton (Derwin Jordan) – to help with her garden, they soon start an exhilarating affair. Gwen imagines they will stay together forever when Dalton leaves prison, but he has his own ideas. When police find Gwen cowering naked next to a badly wounded Dalton they arrest him for attempted murder. Is this the work of a habitual criminal or the revenge of a woman scorned?