George Moran (Weller) is a former American paratrooper and veteran of the Dominican Republic intervention who now runs a small beachfront motel in Miami. While searching for a Dominican woman who saved his life in 1965 (and gave him the nickname "Cat Chaser"), he begins a relationship with Mary DeBoya (McGillis), the wealthy, unhappy wife of a sadistic former Dominican general. Moran gets involved in a plot to rip off the general, and must elude a number of double-crosses as he and Mary attempt to gain her freedom plus the general's money.
This film features examples of:
- The Generalissimo: Mary's husband acts and looks like one down to a T, being deposed general from the Dominican Republic.
- Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Mary's husband is too much of a jerk for anyone to care about her cheating on him.
- Trophy Wife: Mary is the trophy wife of a ruthless Dominican general.