Detective “Stevie Grimes” (Jack Conley) kept his faith in the brotherhood of the badge, and always managed to stay on the right side of the law. But for the past year he’s been suspended, on trial for the accidental shooting of a young boy. The trial ends in a “hung jury” and finally after twelve months Stevie is reinstated, but the possibility that the state may retry the case still remains, forcing him to relive the nightmare.
During his suspension, Grimes’ ex-partner has risen to the rank of “Lieutenant” (David Groh), and it seems that while Stevie suffered the Lieutenant prospered. Now the Lieutenant has aspirations of attaining higher public office, but he and Stevie share a secret that could destroy everything he has achieved. It was actually the Lieutenant who shot the young boy and Stevie took the blame, believing that he could beat any investigation. Should the case go back to trial, the Lieutenant must be sure that Stevie will be there to shoulder the burden.
When word comes from the District Attorney’s office that the case is going back to trial, the Lieutenant desperately creates an elaborate plan to set Stevie up using a small time con man, LEO (Tommy Hicks), and ensure Stevie’s allegiance through blackmail. Now the line between cops and criminals is blurred, and Stevie must choose between loyalty and survival.
The only problem with the Lieutenant’s scam is that Leo has a plan of his own. Using his skills to manipulate and deceive, Leo offers Stevie a chance to get out with his dignity intact. But to do so he must trust Leo implicitly and become what he despises.