Sid Kaplan once had it all: a high-profile career in criminal law with fees to match - and enough arrogance to alienate practically everyone he knew. So no one wept for Sid Kaplan when booze and cocaine plummeted him into disrepute. But Sid has just been given one last chance - a big case that is certain to restore him to some of his old professional glory. Thelma Barrow, a housewife, has sought out Sid to defend her accused daughter, Priscilla. For Sid, the publicity more than compensates for the pittance Thelma can afford to pay, as the media describes headline stories of drugs and violence and the murderous motives of a white woman who has suffered abuse at the hands of her black husband. Nor is Sid put off by the fact that Priscilla - who happens to be a babe - is probably lying about more than a few details. But with drug dealers knocking on his door demanding payment and people turning up dead, the case becomes far more complex, and deadly, than anyone, especially Sid, ever imagined it could be.