(There are Spoilers) Somewhat overblown TV movie about a convicted serial rapist released on parole into an unsuspecting community and when his true identity is discovered it results into explosive consequences. After doing seven years behind bars for a series of rapes and robberies ex-con Eli Cooley, Michael Ontkean, is released into the quite little town of Fairvile. Eli has his brother Dwight, Sam Anderson, take care of his lodging and give him a job at his business establishment the "Dwights" hardware Store. At first Eli fits right into his new surroundings as a hard working likable and law abiding citizen. But soon things are to change abruptly for him and change for the absolute worst.
We see Eli getting along with the friendly and neighborly people of Fairvil making friends with his next door neighbor single mom Annie Hopkins, Annette O'Toole, and her little boy Cody, Cameron Fife. Who just thinks the world of the tall strong and quiet type of a guy Eli Cooley and his pet dog Fred. Eli is also a big hit at his brothers hardware store as a cashier. Who with his kindly and honest manner gets the store, which was doing good before he came there, more business then ever before.
Just when things couldn't get any better for Eli his neighbor Annie, who works in the Fairview Police Station as a secretary, comes across a police rap sheet about this just released multiple rapist and robber Eli Coolly! Who just happens to be the nice sweet and caring neighbor who lives next door! And whom shes been, what seemed like, very interested in going out on a date with!
The quite and sleepy little town of Fairvile explodes in a fury as everyone in it makes Eli's, as well as his brothers Dwight family, life a living hell with Eli's parole officer Wanda Gilmore, Pamala Reed, being unjustly attacked for allowing Eli to dwell among its fine good and law abiding citizens! With, what they all thought, lust and the thought of raping their women, young old and in between, on his evil mind.
Eli who you can at first sympathize with doesn't make his lot in life in Fairvile all that good either. Later when we see him at the local rapist rehabilitation clinic, just after the shocking truth about him came out, run by counselor Vonette McGee. Where a smirking Eli during Miss McGee's self-help sessions, when he should have known better, didn't at all show any empathy for his victims. All Eli did was just joke and act about what he did to them was nothing more then a number of totally harmless and childish pranks!
Eli trying to keep from being sent back to jail, for breaking his parole, soon loses his interest in staying out from behind bars. Since he now feels that he has more freedom inside, with the criminal element of society that he's used to living with, then outside. Eli then starts to really stretch his parole officers, Wanda Gilmore, patience's with him by doing things that would land him right back into the clink.
The people of Farivile can in a lot of ways be as cruel as Eli ever was by killing his beloved best friend his dog Fred, who had nothing to do with Eli's life of crime, just to get under his skin. That almost had the heart-broken Eli go postal and shoot up the entire town. But it was Wanda who talked him out of doing anything so stupid and destructive risking her life in telling a very angry and distraught Eli that no amount of killing raping pillaging and and burning would bring Fred back!
It's when all these terrible things were happening to the by now mentally disturbed Eli that a number of rapes broke out in town with, you guessed it, Eli being the prime suspect. Turning even Wanda, who was very sympathetic to Eli, against him with one of the rapist victims being supermarket cashier Holly Benson, Robin Joss. The only person in town, besides Eli's brother Dwight, who was willing to even talk to him! This made Eli, who of course didn't do it, almost become suicidal and in the end attempts to end it all in a weird and insane plan that he cooked up in his deranged mind. With an unsuspecting Wanda being part of it, of suicide by police, by giving them no other alternative for the police but to blow Eli away.
Far too contrived to really take seriously the movie is just too pat in it's story and unbelievably unrealistic in it's ending. Even the excellent acting of Michael Ontkean and Pamela Reed , as released rapist and robber Eli Cooley and his parole officer Wanda Reed, can't quite overcome it's very simplistic storyline. Becides the two aforementioned stars watch for Annette O'Toole who had a very small role in the film as a rape victim. Annette spills her heart out at what happened to her to Eli after she found out about his criminal record. And just watch how Eli, at first not knowing just what to say, mindlessly responds to her and ends up putting both his two feet straight into his mouth!