Based on James Lee Burke's best-selling novel, this film follows the life of ex-New Orleans cop Dave Robicheaux (Alec Baldwin). Robicheaux has turned in his detective's badge, almost won his battle against alcoholism and has left the city with his wife Annie (Kelly Lynch) for the tranquility of Louisiane. His life is turned upside down when a plane full of illegal immigrants crashes into a nearby gulf. After risking his life to save a sole survivor - a little girl - his life is threatened when he attempts to clear up the mystery surrounding the rash. A trail of murder and deception follows which puts Robicheaux into a situation far worse than the one he has left behind.