John Wraith, mid-40s, regains consciousness in hospital. His wife and daughter dead in a car accident because he fell asleep at the wheel. To find solace he retreats to a tiny remote coastal hamlet where he comes across a troubled teenage girl, Jackie, struggling to come to terms with the murder of her mother during a vicious robbery at their home. A dangerous physical attraction develops between them. Despite the threat of discovery, they consummate their relationship, with devastating consequences.