On September 11th, approximately three thousand lives turned into ash. Eleven days after the terrorist attack, the federal government put in place the largest public entitlement program, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund- to deal with this terrorist tragedy. Seven families explore the legal, moral and ethical ramifications of the Fund and its impact on the civil justice system. Did the Fund offer victims a way to avoid the cost, complexity and excruciatingly slow pace of a lawsuit? If the Victim Compensation Fund was the right thing to do, did those hurt in tragedies like Katrina, Oklahoma City, and other disasters also deserve compensation? If so, is this Fund, with its methods for calculating the value of a human life, an appropriate model? Was justice delivered?