Chicago food company baron Larry Forrester drops by Emerson Ward’s Chicago brownstone one sweltering July day, accuses him of seducing his teenage daughter Ellen and tries to kill him. A week later, when Larry’ ex-wife asks Emerson to look for the missing girl, Emerson also learns that his girlfriend Nell is pregnant.
While Emerson and Nell confront the difficult decision of whether or not to keep the unexpected baby, Emerson learns that Ellen may have been facing the same dilemma. When a girl fitting Ellen’s description turns up dead 250 miles away, Emerson drops everything to find out what happened before he can face his own conflicted feelings. The trail leads him on a twisted and deadly journey through the heated and violent debate over abortion and sex scandals rocking the Catholic Church.