David (Dack Rambo) is a Yankee and a Vietnam veteran who marries Southern belle Jill (Rebecca Dianna Smith) in the opening sequence of Nightmare Honeymoon, based on Lawrence Block’s novel Deadly Honeymoon. They run away from the wedding party because of some crazy tradition that feels made up to get the story started, but which foreshadows the chasing that will characterize the whole film. They witness a murder by a psycho hitman (loud, leering John Beck) and his nervous dumpy chum. After David is knocked unconscious for what seems like a commercial break, Jill eventually reveals that she traded their lives for being raped. The rest of the movie studies their clash of traumas as they try to hold together while arguing about what to do and conducting their own investigation into the New Orleans bad guys.