Doug Stirling is accused of pushing a boy to his death. Haunted by the boy’s smile as he slipped from Stirling’s grasp, he must watch powerlessly as a vengeful Ballard investigates the boy’s death, intent on wrecking Stirling’s career.

When a brutal murder is discovered weeks later, Stirling is put in charge of the investigation and uncovers a story of complex, sadistic relationships and betrayal.

Is the boy’s death linked? Is the beautiful Ayesha, the lawyer Stirling has grown fond of involved? Can Stirling find the killer before Ballard destroys him?