Ben Chase (Gary Oldman) is an on-the-rise Boston attorney currently defending a wealthy client in a high profile murder case. Martin Thiel (Kevin Bacon) is the wealthy young man on trial for a particularly brutal murder. The verdict sets Thiel free. Within 24 hours another grizzly and all-too-familiar murder has taken place with striking similarities to the first crime. Chase inexplicably agrees to act as his defense attorney; but this time it will be to gather evidence that will put away his client for good. But who's manipulating who in this edge-of-your-seat thrill ride?