Noah Braddock’s past won't leave him alone.
After a self-imposed exile in Florida, Noah is back in San Diego, ready to face the fallout from the crime he committed. He doesn’t want to go to jail, but he doesn’t want to live his life as a fugitive, either.
When the district attorney offers him the chance to walk free, Noah listens. Her request is simple: investigate an assault on a local college campus, provide her with what he finds, and she'll assure that charges won't be brought against him. Noah reluctantly agrees, suspicious of both the deal and what he might find.
His suspicion turns out to be correct, as he's dropped into a case where people can't remember and don't want to share what they know. The more he digs, the more confusing it becomes.
And as the district attorney demands answers in exchange for his freedom, Noah realizes that the deal he's struck might be more than he bargained for.