On the surface it seems like a classic case of opposites attract, but below the surface it's much more.
Tom Kingman is a Sioux City Sentinel-Leader newspaper reporter who holds the First Amendment sacred and has trouble with authority figures. Hillary Reed is a Woodbury County prosecuting attorney who zealously uses her authority to bring offenders to justice. She’s a Christian, always-calm strategists. He’s a religiously indifferent, wisecracking improviser.
Even the setting for Tom and Hillary’s unexpected alliance is unusual. Sioux City, Iowa — a metro area of 100,000 located at the junction of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota — is fly-over country for most Americans. But Tom and Hillary know Sioux City at ground level doesn’t always fit the bucolic Midwestern mold. That’s especially clear after witnessing an officer-involved shooting puts Tom in the crosshairs of a surly police lieutenant, a hot-headed patrol officer, and the mastermind of a multistate drug ring.
Within hours of the shooting, Tom and Hillary have joined forces. The spark is immediate and unmistakable. As the relationship moves from professional to personal, Tom and Hillary find they’re much more alike than they’d imagined. And as they plunge into a frenzied seventy-two-hour pursuit of the truth about meth and murder, their awakened personal feelings get harder and harder to ignore.