Lori is a teenage girl, who lives with her mom, dreading her life. Eric Komenko is a teenage boy who killed his parents. While in jail, Komenko gets visits by detective Cristofuoro (Russell Crowe), who arrested him. Cristofuoro believes Komenko is a psychopath, who kills for the joy of it. He is convinced he killed two girls before, and also that he will surely kill again. After Eric is released from prison, he stays at his aunt's house. His release gets covered by local media, which causes Lori to look him up. Lori gets into the back of Eric's car and falls asleep.
When Eric leaves for the weekend to meet another girl, Lori gets out from under a blanket. Hesitantly, Eric allows Lori to stay and travel with him. She tells him she saw him kiss a girl by a river. Eric realizes she saw him with the girl he killed in his first, as of yet unsolved murder, and tries to kill Lori a couple times, unsuccessfully.
The girl Eric was going to meet, turns out to be part of a plan by Cristofuoro to find Eric. Lori warns him for the trap. Because Eric can't be charged with any wrongdoing, so he gets released. Cristofuoro tells Lori about Eric's nature.
When Eric and Lori make a boat trip, Lori kills herself by jumping into the water although she can't swim. Eric dives in after her, but fails to save her. In the custody of Cristofuoro, the detective tells Eric he believes his account of what happened, but also that he thinks Eric belongs in jail and that he is not going to help him by testifying for him. He expects Lori's death will keep Eric incarcerated.
In the end, it turns out Lori saw Eric put the girl he killed in the river, indicating that Lori was trying to get him to kill her, and that she finally took her own life when she realized he wouldn't.
Best part of story, including ending:
Only in the end you learn Lori has known all along Eric is a killer and why she chooses to travel with him.
Best scene in story:
The final scenes where all is revealed.
Opinion about the main character:
She is a distressed girl, but you don't really know why.