Ultimate Justice : Young, attractive, and ambitious, Alexandra Locke left New York, where she had a promising career as a prosecutor, in order to be with her dying mother in Los Angeles. Family, and especially her mother, come first, so Alexandra hesitatingly accepts a position in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office - where her father Thomas Kendell is District Attorney. For both father and daughter, it is an uncomfortable situation; for the other attorneys in the office, it smacks of nepotism. For the first time in her career, Alexandra finds herself on the outs with her peers. While visiting her mother in the hospital, Alexandra hears the stunning deathbed confession of another patient, a woman who claims that Alexandra's father was involved in a shocking, long-forgotten murder and cover-up. When Alexandra checks up on the woman's extraordinary story, she finds that the death in question was determined to be an accident - a conclusion that even the family of the dead man agrees with. Her father is dismissive of the entire incident - his mind is on the upcoming primary and his own re-election. Alexandra is about to give up her investigation when she suddenly finds herself in trouble with the law herself: police, acting on an anonymous tip, have searched her apartment and uncovered a stash of drugs. Someone is desperate to keep her from digging any further into the past and is willing to go to any lengths to warn her away from reopening the case.