Barreling down a highway in the Pacific Northwest a behemoth of a 10-wheeler is intent on crushing a battered pick-up that chugs along at the limits of its engine power just yards ahead. Inside the 10-wheeler's cabin, the windshield erupts in blood-spatters and splinters of glass and skull bone - a well-aimed shot from the pick-up has sent the trucker's brains flying. The 10-wheeler cartwheels into a ravine where it detonates in an orgasm of fire.
Then the three people in the pick-up - CURT, a savvy young guy in his twenties, and his two companions - a teenage girl runaway, LYLA, and a truck stop hooker, BETT - disappear into the wilderness together.
Curt seems unfazed by the bloody turn of events. In fact, it plays into his plan, as he takes the two females back to his squatter's cabin in the forest.
Curt’s plan is rudely disrupted a few weeks later when another teenager, MAX, on the run from a wilderness boot camp, shows up in Curt's cozy clearing.
Max was sent to the boot camp on account of various psychological problems, for which he needs medication. But now he's off his meds and primed to explode.
Max and Lyla form a bond and plan an escape together, but no sooner are they out of range of Curt than they encounter the guide, JEFF, who was leading the group from which Max escaped on their wilderness hike.
But Jeff is not all he seems, and neither is Curt. It turns out that the two of them have set up this hideout in the forest as part of a clever plan to evade the law, and a lot of money is at stake.
Jeff brings the two teenagers, who now know too much to be allowed to go free, back to Curt’s encampment, where they get ready to dispose of the kids for good.
Now these five people are locked in a quickstep dance of death, with twists of betrayal back and forth, interlaced with low cunning and plain dumb luck, as each maneuvers to survive (in the case of Max and Lyla), eliminate rivals (in the case of Curt), seduce and abandon (in the case of Bett).
In the end, the least of likely of them all to succeed makes it safely back to civilization with the loot, thanks to the murderous intervention of a mother bear fiercely defending her cubs, while the rest wind up mad, back in their previous lives, or dead