Deputy sheriff Lou Ford is a well-respected pillar of the community in small town Texas. He has a pretty schoolteacher girlfriend, Amy Stanton, and seemingly wouldn't say boo to a goose. But beneath the placid and genteel facade, Lou is a conniving sociopath, embroiled in a sadomasochistic affair with town prostitute Joyce Lakeland. When a plot to wreak revenge on millionaire Chester Conway goes horribly awry, the blood begins to flow.
- Michael Winterbottom