After being beaten to a pulp by hulking psycho O'Halloran, who snaps women's necks and deposits their corpses in a deserted seaside restaurant, police detective Norris is saved when his assailant steps on a rotting ladder rung and falls, knocking himself out. The press assumes Norris beat
O'Halloran into submission and declares the detective a hero. Norris, however, knows the truth and lives in fear that the killer will return to pick up where he left off. Plagued by sweat-drenched nightmares, Norris goes to see a pretty psychiatrist (Thayer). He falls in love with her, and three
years later she is pregnant with his child, but (being an idenependent modern woman) r...