Paul Keller, the minister of the town of HollowLake, is a man with a problem. He is
having an affair with Veronica Dow, his son’s teacher. Wracked by guilt and
desire, Paul decides to fake his death, so he can start a new life with
Veronica while his wife Martha collects the insurance money.
Paul goes to HollowLake. As he plants the
evidence on his small boat, Paul loses his balance and hits his head as he
falls in the water. Dazed and suffering from amnesia, Paul struggles up the
shore and manages to get to the Lakeshore Motel, the same motel where he has
bee having his secret liaison with Veronica.
The rundown and isolated hotel is now run by the forlorn Charlene Hunt. When
she realizes that Paul is incoherent, Charlene uses the opportunity to make
Paul her prisoner, friend and lover. Meanwhile, insurance investigator Tim
Bishop arrives in town. Because no body is found, he suspects that Martha set
the whole thing up with Paul to get the insurance money.
A drinker and womanizer, Bishop is not above overlooking evidence in return for
certain pleasures. Each player tries to manipulate the others, the stakes rise
until it becomes a game of life and death.
Starring Ally Sheedy ("The Breakfast Club"), John Savage ("The
Deer Hunter"), Nicholas Walker ("Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged
Me") and Oscar nominee Sally Kirkland ("Bruce Almighty").