Frank Corso was a crack New York Times journalist, with a fiancee and a bright future ahead of him, until the rug was pulled out from under his feet. A libel suit can do that to a journalist. Not long after, Corso was a loner, spending his days as a roving reporter for a third-rate, family paper, the Seattle Sun. Corso owes the Sun's owner, Natalie Van Der Hoven, for giving him a chance, and she has just called in her marker. Apparently, it's come to light that a thoroughly despicable killer on death row just may be innocent of the heinous crimes for which he's been convicted. And, if he didn't do it, she wants Corso to get the story - before the accused's scheduled execution in six days. Corso won't stop till he's dug up the whole ugly truth, and Seattle is reeling by the time his conclusive article goes to press.