Political speechwriter Becca Matlock is at the top of her professional game, working for the re-election campaign of New York's popular goverr, when she receives the first phone call: Stop sleeping with the goverr or I'll kill him. Although Becca isn't sleeping with the goverr, the menacing ultimatums persist. The police suddenly stop believing her, even after the stalker murders an incent person to prove his point. When the goverr is shot in the neck, Becca flees for the safety of coastal Maine, choosing to hide t only from the stalker but also from the authorities. For sanctuary, she goes to Riptide, the home of a college friend where she soon finds herself at even greater risk .