Christine is nearly 40 and divorced from a husband who took no care of her sexual needs. She has dated occasionally since the divorce but never taken a man into her bed. Prim and demure on the surface, her nights are filled with the dream in which she surrenders her chastity. On holiday, she longs to fulfill the dream with a man staying at the same hotel - but he goes home and Christine gives up hope. Then the chance to live the dream comes from an unexpected quarter.
Michael, a naïf young man with no sexual experience, is caught on the rebound by a scheming woman who tricks him into committing a dreadful crime. In the years that follow, he attempts to lead a normal life but from time to time, the thing buried in his past breaks through and causes him to offend again, though afterwards, he has no recollection of it - until the next time. He frees himself of his burden at last - but at a terrible price.