Mary and Jack Brown's high hopes for their only son, Chris (Jason London), seem dashed when Chris visits them during a spell of leave from the Army and presents a shocking surprise: his new wife, Dusty (Alexandra Powers). Dusty is every parent's nightmare: a blonde, feckless slut, who is soon infuriating Chris by neglecting their young daughter, Christine, and openly consorting with other men. Then, out of the blue, Chris is stabbed to death. The murder case comes to court, but Mary is convinced that the killer was a stooge acting on Dusty's orders. With little help from the authorities, Mary and Jack must launch both a vicious custody battle for Christine and a legal fight to bring Dusty to justice for the murder of their son.