Richard Gere stars as Eddie Jillette, a tough, uncompromising cop whose vow to avenge his partner's death draws him into a torrid affair with the only witness, the murderer's girlfriend. Kim Basinger is the sultry Cajun beauty Michel, caught in the war between Gere and vicious crime lord Losado (Jeroen Krabbé), the man who possesses her. Jillette's vendetta takes him from the streets of Chicago to the violent underworld of New Orleans, where he abducts Michel to flush out Losado. He escapes into the treacherous bayou with his unwilling captive, but as their pursuers close in and the danger mounts, so does their lust for each other. Out of time and out of luck, Jillette confronts Losado in an explosive climax where there is...no mercy.