Italian beauty Lisa Macklin (Sophia Loren) tells her abusive husband, Robert (Anthony Perkins), that she is fed up with his immaturity and that their marriage is over; but when he returns home after being presumed dead in a plane crash, a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse ensues. Lisa agrees to Robert's plan to cash in his life insurance policy, but when she falls for reporter David Barnes (Gig Young), Lisa fights Robert's attempt to blackmail her.

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