Lawson Russell (Cuba Gooding) is a prominent New Orleans attorney, who's legal savvy and unbeatable charm have gained him the reputation of being a man who can get even the most guilty suspects off the hook. That is until Russell can no longer bear to defend the guilty and drops his wealthy client Truman Banks (Eric Stoltz). Disbarred and disgraced Russell leaves for Key West to write a novel and attempt to pull the pieces of his life back together. A chance meeting and moment of indiscretion pull Russell into a dangerous web of murder treachery and deceit. Time is running out as Russell battles to prove that he is an innocent man.