The circumstances leading to the murder of a teenager and the wounding of a little girl in a drive-by shooting unwind from the points of view of the deputy district attorney, police, paramedics and reporters who report to the scene, and finally, that of one of the perpetrators and his grandfather. David McNorris, the deputy district attorney, manipulates the tragedy to feed his insatiable appetite for power, prestige, and media exposure. Detectives Joel Stevens and Bobby "Fearless" Smith and Officers Ray Hechler and Tom Turcotte encounter protective parents, traffic accidents, and a near-drowning as they investigate the shooting and track down the teenage suspects. Paramedic Teresa Ortiz tends to the wounded young girl and provides the detectives with the information they need to solve the case. Reporter Andrea Little flirts with danger as she strikes up a conversation with her lover's wife to get one scoop on the story, and shows humanity when she refuses to capitalize on a man's grief to get another. Perpetrator Cantrel La Fontaine makes a series of disastrous choices which end his life and break his grandfather's heart.
In the course of the investigation we also learn that David has used the shooting as another opportunity to get over on his wife Marian and his mistress, Andrea Little; Joel isn't entirely successful in hiding his depressed wife's suicide attempt from Teresa; Fearless is an inveterate storyteller with a life-list; Ray is under suspicion as a dirty cop; Tom is saddled with a critical father; and that Ray and Tom share a dislike and distrust of Joel and David.moreless