The Woman is the powerful story of the last survivor of a feral tribe of cannibals who have been terrorizing the East Coast - from Maine into Canada - for years now. Badly wounded in a battle with police, a woman takes refuge in a cave overlooking the sea. Christopher Cleek is a slick, amoral - and unstable - country lawyer who, out hunting one day, sees her bathing in a stream. Fascinated, he follows her to her cave.
Cleek has many dark secrets and to these he'll add another. He will capture her, lock in his fruit cellar, in order to tame her, civilize her. To this end, he'll enlist his long-suffering wife Belle, his teenage son, Brian, and daughter, Peg, and even his little girl, Darlin', to aid him. So the question soon becomes: who is more savage? The hunter or the game?