The detectives are shocked when one of their mentors, a highly respected attorney and legal scholar now terminally ill, summons them to his home, along with six other people whom he once successfully defended in murder trials. He announces that one of the six was actually guilty of the crime, though he doesn't say which one, and that he intends to make that person pay now for their crime.
Alonzo Pace Graham, freed from prison after 15 years, seeks revenge on Dr. Carl Hyatt. Graham devises an elaborate plot intended not only to kill Hyatt but ruin his reputation as well. Hyatt is implicated in a murder - a murder that never occurred.