Vadim's update of his sensational 1956 debut offers a completely new scenario, but even so a sense of déjà vu prevails. Following a failed escape attempt, prisoner De Mornay is advised by slimy would-be governor Langella to slip out the back door, by marrying a solid member of the community; she therefore makes a deal with hunky carpenter Spano, with whom she has already enjoyed an encounter in the prison gym. She gets her freedom, Langella gets some useful publicity, and Spano gets $5,000 plus someone to look after him, his teenage brother, and his five-year-old son while De Mornay lives out her 12-month parole. But De Mornay's no-nookie rule provokes emotional friction, while she prefers practising with her newly formed rock band to playing domestic slave. Nevertheless, the couple survive their spats, as well as Langella's shifty manoeuvring, to resolve their differences in a corny fairytale ending. Were it not for the fleshy couplings punctuating the slim storyline, Vadim's flimsy moral tale would simply blow away.