Based on a true story, 'The Preppie Murder' begins on August 26, 1986. This was the day that eigjhiteen-year-oId Jenfifier Levin (Lara Flynn Boyle) was strangled in New York's Central Park. The prime suspect, Jennifer's ninteen-year-old boyfriend Robert (William Baldwin), confesses to the crime. The well-to-do young man insists that the killing was accidental, he claims that it ocurred during a 'rough sex' session that Jennifer had initiated. The ensuing media frenzy forces the old 'she asked for it' defence to rear its ugly head.