had been on the road for several days,
hitchhiking home from college, when he came
across the small New England town, nestled
in a secluded valley. Most of the people who
lived there had been born there. Like Mrs.
Eleanor Ross, who manages the five and dime,
shy young Ellie Ryerson who works in the
store after school, and Tom McCabe, the town’s
Stephen and Ellie are instantly attracted to
one another and arrange to go to the movies
after she gets off work. While she is
waiting for Steven to arrive, McCabe invites
Ellie to go for a ride in his patrol car.
Knowing the police chief’s reputation, she
refuses. He drags her inside the car ,
ignoring her protests, and drives away.
Steven pursues them on foot up the mountain
but is impeded at every step by the town and
townspeople. Middle-aged women clutch at him
for sex, dogs attack him, cruising
teen-agers throw beer cans.
McCabe too has been busy, killing first a
burglar, the burglar’s dog, and then one
of his own deputies. He is in the process of
burying Ellie alive in the town cemetery
when he and Steven finally come face to
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