Michel Racine is the feared President of the Assize Court. As hard on himself as he is on others, he is known as the two-digit judge because his minimal sentence always exceeds ten years. Although known for his icy demeanor, even towards his colleagues, everything goes topsy-turvy when Michel discovers a juror on one of his murder trials is Ditte Lorensen-Coteret. Six years earlier, Racine had fallen in love with her, but their relationship had become estranged. She is perhaps the only woman he has ever loved, and the only one to have witnessed his kinder side.