Jimmy Brogan, born and raised in Hell's Kitchen, is and one of New York's rising criminal defense attorney stars. Kathryn Peale, the product of a New England background and a sheriff father, is a Deputy Bureau Chief in the Manhattan District Attorney's office. These two have been friends (but enemies in the courtroom) since their days at Yale Law School, and face off in a case of a high school history teacher and family man who's arrested for the rape and murder of a female student.
When a man in a wheelchair is found dead in New York Harbor, Assistant District Attorney Kathryn Peale brings a charge of Murder Two against the man's daughter. Jimmy Brogan defends the young woman against the charge.
When a prosperous couple is found lying in a pool of blood in their Upper West Side brownstone - the wife dead, the husband barely hanging on - Kathryn charges their 16-year-old son with the crime. A night of intense interrogation elicits a confession from the obviously shaken teenager. Now Jimmy must prove that the boy was bullied into a false confession by an aggressive detective.
Madeline Durand, 45-year-old fashion designer is accused of murdering her young male model boyfriend. Jimmy Brogan defends her - and it's not the first time; Brogan represented her three years earlier when a previous young boyfriend was murdered under eerily similar circumstances.