To feed his need, artist Richard Damon plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with detective Doug Rowett. With only a single paint brush strand, Rowett believes Damon is responsible for the brutal murder of a young man found torn to shreds in a hotel room. Did the missing blood end up on Damon's many red colored canvases? Unable to prove his suspicions, Rowett pretends to be a new artist, looking for a mentor. As Damon takes the detective under his wing, Rowett soon finds himself fighting for his sanity as he learns the true meaning of artistry.