The film follows a barefoot poacher named Desiree who lives deep in the swamp lands. Ben Bracken and Deputy Billy find Desiree trapping alligators and chase her, looking to exact sexual favors. Desiree outsmarts the two men. During the chase, however, Billy accidentally shoots Ben. Billy tells his father, Sheriff Joe Bob Thomas, that Desiree was the shooter. Sheriff Thomas and sons join a search party looking for Desiree and attack Desiree 's family. Desiree exacts her revenge against the attackers.