Duke Adison, an influential businessman from Ocean city, is stabbed and found dead in the apartment of a prostitute, Hannah Powell. Mayor Santori, who was a friend of the victim, entrusts Detective Lieutenant Alex Bronkov with the investigation. His first suspicion is aimed at Hannah Powell, especially since her fingerprints lingered on the murder weapon. Yet she denies emphatically to have killed Adison. Later on the young police officer Ryck Borrison provides her with an alibi. As it turns out, he has not told the truth, so he is suspended from the service. Shortly after, he confess to Bronk why he lied for the sake of Hannah and why the prostitute cannot be the killer.