A quiet walk along the water's edge at the beach after a storm- can at times act as a cleansing agent to Ron Bennett, a freelance reporter for the Evening Bulletin, a Philadelphia newspaper. His stories at times are mired in tragedy and corruption that make this 60 mile trip from the city a necessity. The discovery of a human arm protruding from a sand dune on Long Beach Island, New Jersey, will alter his life. Seeking a telephone to summon authorities, he meets Veronica, a woman standing on the walkway looking out at the ocean. His opinion of her extravagant beach front home, encroaching on his quiet place is one of the changes on the island he didn't care for. The chance meeting on several trips to the shore, begins an interest in a relationship he desires, and believes the feelings are mutual. The innuendos about an abusive husband Joel- create a stronger desire to get her to come to her senses and leave him. After seeing marks on her neck as if she was being strangled, his frustration becomes a compulsive effort to convince her every time they meet to leave her husband. He gets caught up in a situation that would make the worst story he covered, pale by comparison.