Lawyer Josie Baylor-Bates, legendary beach volleyball champion, is hired to defend Hannah Sheraton, 16, jailed at Sybil Brand (Los Angeles County's women's jail) for killing California Supreme Court Justice Fritz Rayburn. Her job is to prove that Hannah didn't murder Judge Rayburn, father of her stepfather, Kip Rayburn, Esq.
Josie faces obstacles right from the start, including interference from Kip, who has a hidden agenda and begins working at cross purposes against her efforts ... including insistence from Hannah's mother, Linda ... including her boss and potential law partner, Faye Baxter, not being exactly enthralled that it's personal, that Josie is helping a former bosom buddy.
But Josie is tough, and fights for what she believes is right for Hannah, as competitive as she ever was when she and Linda Rayburn played volleyball together for USC, or competitively as teammates on the beaches of Southern California.
As he paints a picture of a helpless old man being taken advantage of by a selfish, manipulating young girl, Deputy District Attorney Rudy Klein's questioning of his witnesses is a challenge to Josie's skills as a defense attorney, but she is up to the task. Unfortunately for Hannah, her stepfather is called as a witness for the prosecution, complicating matters considerably.
Josie is adamant about continuing to defend Hannah, despite extremely difficult developments. But in the process, she alienates friends and tears herself apart while methodically steering the proceedings to her advantage.
And then, a courtroom shock. One that determines the course of the trial, and opens the story up to a shocking twist that holds on to the reader and makes it all but impossible to lay the book down and stop reading.
Signet digital edition ($2.99 list)