Defense attorney Richard Ramsay takes on a personal case when he swears to his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter, that he will keep her son Mike out of prison. Charged with murdering his father, Mike initially confesses to the crime. But as the trial proceeds, chilling evidence about the kind of man that Boone Lassiter really was comes to light. While Ramsay uses the evidence to get his client acquitted, his new colleague Janelle tries to dig deeper – and begins to realize that the whole truth is something she alone can uncover.
Richard Ramsay（基努•李维斯）作为17岁的犯罪嫌疑人Mike Lassiter（Basso）的辩护律师，要为被控谋杀父亲的Mike进行无罪辩护，但眼下的证据都不利于Mike：一把有他指纹的刀和当事人近乎认罪的行为。更重要是，Mike自案子发生以后没有开口说过任何一句话。Ramsay无法从当事人得到任何信息。于是他找到年轻律师Janelle（Mabatha-Raw）协助他，决心要找出当天事情的确切经过。