At first, Martin Burney (Patrick Bergin) appeared to be the man of Laura's dreams. He was handsome, successful, and seductively attractive. It wasn't until they were married that she discovered the real Martin was a woman's worst nightmare...compulsive, controlling, and dangerously violent. After three years of living in fear and dread, Laura (Julia Roberts) plans her escape. Knowing that nothing, short of her death, would prevent Martin from tracking her down, she fakes drowning in a boating accident and relocates to a small mid-western town. Even with a new look and a new identity, Laura lives in the grip of fear, stalked by the memory of Martin's brutality...a memory that comes terrifyingly to life when Martin discovers that Laura is still alive. Driven by demented obsession, Martin will stop at nothing to find his wife and make her pay for her deceit.