Doctor Jeffrey Logan, daytime TV's most loved psychologist, has a top-rating talk show seen around the world – and his picture-perfect life is completed by his talented lawyer wife, Stephanie Tyler, their 16-year-old daughter Chelsea, and 13-year-old J. T. But this image of domestic bliss is shattered when Stephanie is killed instantly by a bullet from a big-game rifle in the family's pristine Beacon Hill kitchen.
It's been a long time since criminal defence attorney David Cavanaugh has heard his childhood friend Chris Kincaid speak of Marilyn Maloney; for hers is a name from the past, from a time when David, Chris, and the third in the gang of three, Mike, vowed never to let a girl get in the way of their friendship. But now Chris is the "successful, happily married US Senator for New Jersey", and when he pleads with David to return home to help him locate the girl he "used" to love, David reluctantly agrees..
Jessica Nagoshi, the beautiful heiress to her father's billion-dollar empire, is being groomed, along with her brother Peter, to take control of Nagoshi Inc. That is, until she is brutally murdered in the greenhouse of her father's extensive Wellesley estate. Jessica was in her third year pre-law at the prestigious Deane University and the police enter the hallowed halls of the most expensive college in America to begin their investigation.
U.S. Vice President Tom Bradshaw is the perfect candidate, a presidential "sure thing". This, despite the unfortunate mistake made in his youth, a transgression he turned into triumph. But when the future president is found dead in the penthouse of Boston's finest hotel, the American people want answers, and his administration need a scapegoat.
Following an alleged conversation between respected attorney Rayna Martin and teenager Christina Hayes, one of them is dead, the other arrested for their murder. Boston lawyer David Cavanaugh faces his toughest case to date when what appears to be a tragic accident turns into something else entirely. David soon finds that his most dangerous battle is taking place outside the courtroom.