"The Rim of Terror" was adapted from the 1949 novel by Hildegarde Tolman Teilhet. Escape's version of this story is a good one, but only for the first half of the book. There wasn't enough time to cover this novel's many details in just half an hour.
In the book, Elizabeth Whitehill is a prim young woman who is driving across country with her dog to meet her fiance in Seattle. On her way through northern Nevada, she picks up a hitchhiker named Alex Peck and becomes involved, against all sense, in helping him escape from the spies who are chasing him.
Most of the book follows their road journey and their many screw-ups from Nevada to Idaho, but it also covers, in painstaking detail, the complicated relationship that develops between Elizabeth and Alex. In the end, the U.S. government saves the day, and Elizabeth chooses Alex over her fiance.
Escape didn't have time for all of that.