District Attorney David Franks is young, charismatic, ambitious – with his eyes fixed firmly on the governor's office. A relentless careerist, he times all his best moves to break on the evening news. By contrast, David's idealistic, relentless, no-holds-barred chief investigator, Mark Camacho, is a throwback who lives for the law and won't stop short of the truth. Colleagues one minute and opponents the next, David and Mark lead a group of remarkably true-to-life professionals – and deeply flawed personalities – in the pursuit of justice. The crimes they investigate and the suspects they break are headline-making career-builders. But self-interest, grudges, private vendettas and illicit affairs simmer just below the polished public face of this District Attorney's Office.
Franks comes under fire when three members of his staff and a Russian mob witness are executed prior to trial, apparently as a result of a staff member leaking the witness's whereabouts to the Russian mob, which only serves to jeopardize the mayoral endorsement that's crucial to his gubernatorial ambitions.
When Franks tries to sweep the politically explosive case of the death of a abusive sitcom star at the hands of his long-suffering wife into a quick plea bargain, Camacho insists on probing further into the wife's story to uncover who she's attempting to protect; Franks blackmails a judge into resolving the case in the most politically advantageous manner, thereby disregarding the interests of justice and the accused.
Franks relies on the intelligence, cunning and creativity of his staff to solve the mystery behind the deaths of a married couple when he is forced to recuse himself from the case.
When the body of a suspected terrorist and mass murderer missing for ten years is excavated during a commercial renovation, Franks comes under considerable pressure from the community and his rivals in the D.A. race when forensics reveals that the man cannot be positively identified and was murdered several days prior to the hate crime massacre he supposedly committed with the same weapon used in the slayings.