Local hero Cort Harper returns from college to teach science at his hometown high school, but despite his fame and spotless reputation, things don't go well. His wife, a local girl and also a teacher, battles cancer and later is murdered in an unsolved crime from which only Cort's airtight alibi staves off his possible indictment -- yet there are those who believe he may have gotten away with the heinous crime. Then, some months later, murder stalks him once again as he is accused of the strange and violent death of one of his young students, apparently after a kidnapping. But this time, Cort is tried, convicted and sentenced to be executed. Story over? Not by a long shot. In fact, it's only the beginning, and the twists and turns of this fast-paced tale will keep you on the edge of your chair through page after page.