Apprised of the unexpected death of his best friend, Sheriff Ray Tindal, true-crime novelist Jackson Kinley (David Strathairn) returns to his Georgia hometown. A brief visit stretches into a longer stay as Jackson becomes intrigued by the circumstances of Tindal's heart attack and by Tindal's lover Dora Overton (Mary McDonnell), who staunchly maintains that her father was wrongly executed for the murder of a teenage girl. Although D.A. Theodore Warfield (Sean McCann) resents Jackson's inquiries, Dora involves Jackson in the 40-year-old case, which had consumed Tindal before his untimely demise. In the process, Jackson discovers secrets about his own family's past. Ph...