A young mother and child are victims of a fatal daylight hit-and-run by rampaging youths. Britt Montero witnesses the tragedy and relentlessly pursues the story. She befriends a reluctant young gang member surviving alone on the street. But the boy disappears. At the same time evil lurks in the newsroom. A new, ambitious young reporter wants to be a star and covets Britt's job. Friendly at first, Britt begins to suspect that her rival's on-the-spot breaking news stories may not be what they seem. As she investigates, Britt. herself, becomes the prime suspect in a shocking murder. Jailed, haunted by the imprisonment and execution of her Cuban patriot father, Britt fights the most desperate deadline of her life, to find the real killer and prove her innocence.