young man, Jim Holsey (C Thomas Howell), on a long distance journey,
picks up a troublesome Hitcher (John Ryder - Rutger Hauer) who he
cannot get rid of...
manages to shove Ryder out of the car, but he gets another lift
and looks set to frame Jim by committing a number of murders which
everyone seems to believe Jim has done.
sets light to a seemingly deserted garage. Jim manages to escape
this. He goes on to another garage where he meets up with a girl
(Nash - Jennifer Jason Leigh).
continues on the journey with Jim, but is captured by Ryder, who
after tying her behind a truck pulls her in half when he accelerates
away. But the police had already been called and see everything.
is arrested after this.
Ryder is taken away in a prison truck, he manages to get hold of
a gun. Jim goes after him (after telling the officer in the vehicle
he is traveling in to get out)...