Patrick Cross is a man of simple pleasures; he leads a quiet existence as a banker, living alone in a Hollywood apartment. His one indulgence, however, may prove his downfall: a collector of stars' clothing worn in films, he funds his expensive habit by embezzling funds from his bank, using a brilliant and seemingly foolproof scheme created by his mother. When Patrick is witness to a murder on the street below his window, he is afraid to go to the police for fear of discovery. But when the murderer moves into his neighborhood, he is faced with an even greater dilemma, as he finds himself powerfully attracted to the killer's girlfriend, Deena. Drawn into this magnetic couple's web of crime, Patrick finds himself defending his prized possession: the snake skin jacket worn by Marlon Brando in THE FUGITIVE KIND.