When Alex Ives is implicated in a deadly motor collision, Paul Madriani joins a case as tangled as any he's ever taken. Alex wakes up in the hospital in police custody, charged with drunk driving and manslaughter. When Paul discovers that Alex knew the deceased, a connected, hard-charging Washington, D.C. lawyer named Olinda Serna, Madriani realizes the potential penalties for his client could include a death sentence.In Washington, D.C., attorney Cletus Profitt learns that his law firm nemesis, Ms. Serna, has died. Profitt knows that Serna protected dangerous secrets involving players moving in the highest reaches of national politics, and he will go to any lengths to ensure that that knowledge has died with her. Senator Maya Grimes also hears of the fatal crash, and begins crafting her own web of deceit to suffocate anything that might come back to bite her. In the meantime, a vicious, highly effective mercenary begins to panic when she gets word of Serna's death. Now the only way to save a young man from imprisonment is for Madriani to uncover the corruption and dark deeds that surround Ms. Serna's friends and find her killer--before he or she can strike again.