- 1 hr 58 min
Irena Gallier, played by Nastassaja Kinski, has strange sometimes erotic dreams. She often dreams of her deceased parents sitting in a tree surrounded by panthers. She dreams of hunting and killing rabbits. Since her parents died she has been living in foster homes. Now 18, she has gone to live with her older brother Paul, played by Malcolm McDonald. Her first night there a hooker is attacked and killed by a panther in a hotel. The police enlist the help of three zoologists from the zoo who are large cat experts. Oliver Yates,played by John Heard, Alice Perrin, played by Annette O'Toole, and Joe Creigh, played by Ed Beglry Jr., catch the panther and take it back to the zoo. Irena feels drawn to the zoo and the cat and takes a job in the zoo gift shop to be near them. The panther attacks Joe and escapes. Irena's brother Paul retuns after being gone for several days. He tells her that they are werecats. That in truth their parents were brother and sister, since werecats can only mate with each other. She doesn't believe him and enters into a doomed romance with Oliver.