Ex-con Poole, just released from prison, owes his former gangster boss a ton of money. It's not long before his whereabouts are discovered by his seamy acquaintances and Poole finds himself on the run. Homeless, he soon finds a room in the quiet, suburban home of a middle-aged woman and her irascible mother. When Alice, his landlady, is invited into Poole's room, she is charmed by the world he has created there. Slowly the two of them find themselves falling in love. Inevitably, Poole's past catches up with him and Alice finds herself drawn into the murky intrigues of his unsavoury friends.