The body of a young tourist is discovered in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Public defender Chase Blanchard is assigned the most difficult case of his career when Jeremy Martin, a local fisherman with a troubled past, is accused of her murder.
While the case against Martin builds, Chief Ranger Brandon Maddox discovers the lead detective and prosecuting attorney have suppressed evidence that indicates Martin is innocent. Torn by his desire to maintain a peaceful life in the late stages of his career and his desire to see justice done, Maddox returns to his detective roots and begins his own investigation into the murder.
As more people in the community turn up missing or dead, Chase and Maddox form an unlikely alliance to find the real killer before time runs out for the next victim.