A young reporter, Mary Murphy, stumbles on a crime scene at which two bundles are removed from a dumpster. The bundles contain two murdered newborne babies. One is black and one is white. As we learn more, Mary takes it upon herself to understand what happened and discovers the secrets behind the murders. In doing so, she finds that three government scientists have performed rogue experiments to reduce the gestation period of the human race from nine to seven months. When the experiment goes terribly wrong, one of the scientists panics and kills two babies, and then takes off. A second scientists also leaves, taking the a third baby with him. The third scientist, not knowing what the other two have done, is left holding the bag. His marriage and career are seriously damaged and he needs to discover the truth in order to redeem himself. In the process he becomes involved with Mary Murphy.