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Washington, D.C. is a city populated by people keeping secrets. Sean Serrat, a Supreme Court lawyer, is no exception. He harbors a secret from his childhood that, if revealed, could derail the successful professional and family life he has carefully constructed. He is among the most respected lawyers in the country and there is speculation that the President could soon nominate him to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

But a bump and whisper from a stranger on the metro foreshadow the darkness just ahead. Sean’s oldest child, Abby, a talented law student, tries to reach Sean by telephone just before she goes missing. In short order, Abby’s lifeless body is discovered in the Supreme Court library, her boyfriend, Malik Montgomery, a law clerk at the high court, is arrested, and Sean receives a perplexing visit from Montgomery’s defense counsel. A media frenzy sparks allegations that Montgomery’s arrest was racially motivated and the result of a convenient rush to judgment by Justice Department prosecutors.

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