A fugitive on the run.
A drifter going nowhere.
A detective on the hunt.
Unable to lead a normal life, prison escapee Phil concocts a plan to steal someone else’s identity. After placing an ad in the paper he hires a drifter called Trevor. On their way towards a phoney destination, Phil struggles to bring himself to murder Trevor. The more he gets to know Trevor, who’s telling his whole tragic life story, the more Phil loses his nerve.
To make matters worse Phil discovers that an old nemesis, Detective Edmondson is hot on his heels. Determined to carry out his plan Phil must overcome panic attacks, an interfering hitchhiker, a church full of redeemers, his best friend’s homicidal wife and a detective who is running a malign scheme of his own.