Jason Kolarich is a midwestern everyman with a linebacker's build and an easy smart-ass remark. He's a young, intelligent, and successful attorney; but he's also struggling with a horrific tragedy that threatens to unravel his own life, and possibly the lives of everyone he holds dear. When a long-estranged friend, charged with murder, resurfaces needing Kolarich's legal help, the lawyer has to put together a competent defense for the accused, despite his private doubts. In Chicago, neighborhood loyalty goes a long way. But as the trial looms, it becomes clear that Kolarich will have to unearth some unsettling events from their childhoods in order to crack not only this case, but also a mysteriously connected crime that went unsolved more than thirty years ago.