On a soft summer night, she vanishes. With her friends sleeping nearby, with her parents wealth and power guarding her, someone walks into her bedroom and takes fourteenyearold Emma Lancaster away. That is the first crime. Eight days later, abduction becomes murder. Police hunt for the killer; a year later, they make an arrest. With an outraged town crying out for blood, powerful media tycoon Doug Lancaster vows to see his daughters accused murderer convicted and put to death. Only one man stands in his way. Once a harddriving, takenoprisoners DA, Luke Garrison sent a defendant to the death chamberonly to discover that he was innocent. Now a defense lawyer, Luke is faced with the toughest decision of his life. If he plays it right, it could give him back his life. If hes wrong, he could die. And a killer could walk.