County sheriff Matt Bradshaw, a devout churchgoer and respected pillar of the community, stands accused of terrible crimes: sexually abusing his own daughters and organising multiple rapes and Satanic rituals. Matt's reaction to these accusations is almost as shocking - he makes a full and frank confession. Amid an atmosphere of religious frenzy, and further accusations of murder and torture, the witch-hunt begins. Only one man believes in Matt's innocence: eminent psychologist Dr. Richard Ofshe. He is convinced that Matt is the innocent victim of religious brainwashing and police pressure for a confession. But what chance does Ofshe have of seeing justice done when Matt himself is so utterly convinced of his own guilt?