Melissa Gilbert plays Shari Karney, a promising young attorney with a bright career ahead. But, one day in court, while questioning a man accused of child abuse, she loses all control and attacks him. This frightening act nearly jeopardises her career and puts her sanity in question. Ordered by Judge Norton to seek professional help, Shari approaches therapist Dr Joan Delvecchio (Burstyn), who begins to carve away at Shari s façade of happiness. Working together, they begin to illuminate the secret that Shari has long held suppressed: that, as a child, she was sexually abused by her father. Despite the terrible repercussions of making this accusation public, Shari teams up with fellow lawyer Stephanie Chadford (Nelligan) to force through a change in the law for the benefit of others who have uncovered memories of long-suppressed abuse and wish to seek justice against their attackers.