Although happily married to Keith and the mother of two children, Pam O'Brien cannot forget Russell Cates, a childhood sweetheart now on Death Row for the murder of a cop. Despite Keith's misgivings, she makes contact with Cates and starts to visit him on Death Row, re-establishing a close rapport. But this growing relationship begins to put a strain on her marriage. For Keith, like Cates, is a veteran of Vietnam and returned home profoundly damaged by his experiences. But, unlike Cates, he has suppressed a memory that only a man with Cates's experience can help him to confront.