When her ex-husband's new wile is murdered, Laurel Vega (Patricia Richardson) emerges as the prime suspect. She laces the death penalty. Her only hope is her brother-in-law, Paul Madriani. But Laurel mysteriously refuses to co-operate - and Paul's investigations raise some disturbing questions. What has happened to Laurel's neighbours, who have vanished? Is her ex-husband, a powerful US senator, everything he seems? And as Paul begins to expose the truth, how much is he putting his own life in deadly danger?