When does kindness become an indiscretion? And when does a teacher's concern for a pupil's welfare tip over into inappropriate behaviour? These are the troubling questions raised by 'Trial By Fire', a dramatic reconstruction of the events surrounding the court-room ordeal suffered by San Diego high-school teacher Paulette Gill following the suicide of a pupil with whom she had been accused of having a sexual relationship. Known for her special rapport with troubled students, Paulette seems just the person to help Kip Bauchmoyer through various issues when he joins her literature class. But rumours soon start circulating that the bond between Kip and the good-looking, sympathetic Paulette goes far beyond any acceptable pupil-teacher relationship.