Blair Van Howe and his partner, Danny Moran, were celebrating the biggest victory of their legal careers when both of their lives were forever changed. Danny had enjoyed a three-month period during which he managed to stay sober, but the evening’s celebratory mood and flowing champagne proved to be his downfall. Blair navigated Danny’s new Porsche 911 at a reckless speed with Danny passed out in the passenger seat, narrowly avoiding a collision with an ongoing vehicle. The driver of the other car swerved, sending the vehicle straight into a tree.
Blair called 911 and unsuccessfully attempted to extricate the injured driver. In the process, the driver’s young daughter saw him and begged him to help her father. Panicked because he was about to announce his run for Congress, Blair made a choice that would determine the course of his life, as well as Danny’s: He dragged Danny into the driver’s seat and then left the scene.
First on the scene, Detective Victor Slazak is troubled by loose ends and determined to uncover the truth. But when Danny confesses and strikes a plea deal, determined to do the right thing and make amends, his bosses order him not to do any further work on the case. His colleagues are ordered not to provide him any additional information. And when he persists, credible threats force him to take the early retirement offered by the Chicago Police Department and flee to Las Vegas.