In the tony yachting enclave of Blue Bay, Florida, behind the opulent facades of the mansions of the rich lurks a twisted tale of sex, revenge and murder. Uppercrust teen temptress Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards) has a crush on her sexy school guidance counselor, Sam Lombardo (Matt Dillon). But she later accuses him of sexual assault, and a similar accusation surfaces from brooding outcast Suzie Toller (Neve Campbell). Soon the scandal has its tentacles wrapped around virtually everyone in town, from influential attorney Tom Baxter (Robert Wagner) to Kelly's mother, frosty family matriarch Sandra Van Ryan (Theresa Russell). Detective Ray Duquette (Kevin Bacon) eventually uncovers a tabloid-worthy conspiracy marked by a maze of shocking twists, unexpected turns and insidious entanglements.