Jimmy Stewart is back, playing a country lawyer with an international reputation. It was a successful movie on TV 1972 season, and turned into a rotating series. In the first episode, Hawkins is in Hollywood defending a film star's husband accused of killing a man for allegedly assaulting his stepdaughter. Sheree North plays the movie star, and Cameron Mitchell is her husband-defendant.
Billy Jim Hawkins is plunged into powerful undercurrents of rumor, scandal and revenge in the nation's capital when he defends a Senator's aide accused of murdering a muckraking reporter. When Hawkins and his cousin R. J. set out to find who might have had a grudge against the slain Herb Talley, they learn that Talley's news-gathering techniques had made him a host of enemies.