A young girl, 12 year-old Angela Fairley, is stabbed 38 times and dumped in a parking lot. The police are under pressure to get a conviction in the case and they focus their investigation on a local man, Jason Buliegh, who was convicted as a pedophile some years before. The autopsy shows that she was not sexually assaulted and some of the squad doubt that they have the right man. Two members of the team, Joe Payne and Chrissie Fairburn, are convinced that Buliegh is their man and set out to force a confession from him. Their plans go awry however and it all gets out of hand. Both policemen have problems of their own. Payne is known as a bit of a hothead who was responsible for mucking a major case some years before. Fairburn comes from a family of policeman and feels inadequate compared to his now retired father and successful older brother.