Patricia Teeling leaves the rural farming community she grew up in and moves to Dublin where she discovers a wonderful world of eccentrics and warm pubs. She soon picks up admirers, one of which is romantic American writer Danny Sullivan (Timothy Bottoms - The Last Picture Show, Elephant). When Danny's wife is murdered by a serial killer, Patricia withholds information from the police which might lead them to suspect him.
Now plunged into a world of fear, her only consolation is the knowledge that she is being protected by the police, and especially by the suave Inspector McMyler. The killer, motivated by fantasies of female innocence, becomes fixated on Patricia who starts to receive anonymous phone calls full of literary and sexual allusions. After discovering the identity of the killer, Patricia tries in vain to escape - can she manage to elude death, or will she become the killer's next victim..?