A renowned psychologist, advises a troubled book editor to leave her abusive husband. He has smacked his wife, Peggy, around several times for refusing sex when he arrives home drunk, dirty, smelling of urine or worse. In a recent rage when he knocked her down, she slammed her head on a stone hearth. Unconscious, Peggy ends up hospitalized with a concussion.
Even after obtaining a restraining order and moving to PBP, a protective home for battered persons, Peggy’s husband, a successful professional business man, stalks her. He constantly asks forgiveness. “I’ll stop drinking if only you’ll come back home to me.”
Peggy has listened to his empty promises far too many times. She ignores him when she can; she calls for help from PBP or the police when he follows and intercepts her.
When all else fails, Peggy’s obsessed husband deceitfully kidnaps her. Forcibly during a heavy snowstorm in the mountains, he drives her to what had once been their remote mountain cottage get-away. He has disabled the cars electric doors and locks. He plans a weekend of unrestrained sex, a prolonged sensual interlude which now nauseates Peggy.
After a daring escape attempt in her husband’s low sports car which barely finds traction in the deepening snow, Peggy is re-captured. Her wrathful husband shoots out the windshield and cuts off her escape via snowmobile. The terrified woman is forced back to the cottage, shoved down the basement steps, shot at, and left to die in the eerie darkness.
A romantic muscular detective, Peggy’s best male friend since childhood, is hot on her trail. For years, he has been in love with Peggy but, like the youthful Spiderman, has never been able to express his true feelings. He has walked in her shadow for years even after her marriage to her present hurtful husband. Outspoken now, he seeks his chance to have Peggy for his wife.
Underestimating the resolve of Peggy’s crazed spouse, this detective is wounded and locked at gunpoint in an automobile trunk in subfreezing weather. He knows he will slowly freeze to death.
Watching all these happenings is a ghostlike creature who seems psychically aware of Peggy’s entire mistreatment dilemma. At a distance, this specter secretly watches her recapture during the blizzard. It knows the detective lies freezing in the automobile trunk.
Unseen, this phantom frees the two imprisoned would-be lovers. Can this specter really save them or is it just a mere apparition of their frantic minds?What is it? How does it know they need help?
YOU KNOW WHEN!