World-famous criminal law professor Eric Lipton has been accused in the murder of his once beautiful, now-mutilated, young student. To the shock of everyone, he's caught on his way to the airport with incriminating evidence in his possession. Then Lipton chooses one of his most promising and ambitious former law students, Casey Jordan, to represent him. Her erstwhile mentor is convinced Casey can work her magic in the courtroom: introduce a surprise element that will inject enough doubt into the minds of the jurors to get an acquittal. For Casey, this stellar case is a dream come true. Not only does she still admire Professor Lipton's extraordinary knowledge of the law, but she feels honored that he would ask her to defend his innocence.
Yet this is a case unlike any Casey has ever faced. Somewhere between her legal maneuvers and the letter of the law, a terrible reversal will take place. For the first time in her career, Casey must decide whether to uphold her legal oath to protect her client...or to join forces with an obsessed father who demands justice. Then, just when she is tempted to use her privileged information to discover the truth, more bodies turn up - and Casey Jordan realizes she could be next.