When Jim Landsford (Harry Hamlin) takes a new job, he and his wife Kris (Annie Potts) have to up roots and travel hundreds of miles away from family and friends to a small coastal town in the east. Once there, Jim begins to receive gifts from an unknown female admirer. Kris begins to suspect him of having an affair, and soon the gifts are accompanied by messages urging Jim to get rid of his wife. When Kris is found murdered, Jim becomes the prime suspect. To prove his innocence he must unmask his secret admirer, who it transpires may not be a stranger after all.