A teenage foster child plummets to her death from the overpass above San Francisco's Stockton tunnel. But did she fall ... or was she pushed.
Homicide inspectors focus their attention on a naive middle school teacher who is also an advocate for foster children. When elements of his story seem to fall apart, Rebecca Hardy, now an associate at her father's law firm, finds herself drawn into the young man's defense.As the case rushes forward to trial, Rebecca and her father, attorney Dismas Hardy, find themselves battling not only an aggressive prosecoter and a disinterested police department, but their own client, who insists on going to trial immediately. And when a dying woman's last words cast a surprising new light on the evidence and problems develop with a key witness, Rebecca and Dismas begin to glimpse the intricate web that connects a dead teenage foster child to the complex political and judicial machine that runs San Francisco.