Some kinds of love can only be endured.

Richard Wilson and his wife, Carol, are injured in a landslide that destroys their home and takes the life of their student boarder. Richard, still shaken but physically healed, returns to teaching as a professor of English literature.

When a beautiful young woman, Jacintha Peters, enrols in his seminar on The Tempest, he gradually falls under her spell. But on the verge of succumbing to his desire, he receives information that shatters his belief in himself as a moral man. He tries to distance himself from Jacintha, but she has other plans that can only lead to more anguish for everyone involved.

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