Mara McAndrew's (Karen Allen) marriage is falling apart. Her husband, Donnie (Jeff Fahey), a Vietnam veteran, suffers troubling flashbacks about the war, leaving him unresponsive to her needs. Mara wants out, but she also wants Donnie's money. When Mara meets a mysterious stranger, Reed (Keith Carradine), at a local bar, she believes she has found the right person to help her out of her predicament. But Mara worries that Donnie's sister, Jill (Dinah Manoff), is on to her.