Set in Edinburgh, "The Advocates" contrasts the high powered and respectable world of the lawyers and advocates of the Scottish legal profession, with the sleazy and deadly existence of the city's pimps, prostitutes and drug addicts. When a young prostitute is murdered by a deadly drug overdose, only Doctor Joe Sangster, who has been treating her at the local health clinic, suspects foul play. In the growing climate of fear over drugs and AIDS in the city, he turns to Greg McDowell, a young lawyer come investigator, for help. Greg sees this as the perfect opportunity to make a name for himself and decides to immerse himself in the gritty Edinburgh underworld in search of justice. "The Advocates" expertly combines an exhilarating legal drama with poignant social commentary.