Belle Glade, Florida, an impoverished, quaint town located in the Everglades -- to outsiders, the laggard community possessed a divine aura of serenity. Yet, the ill-fated citizens of Jackson County were well aware of the local Sheriff's propensity to make scapegoats of the disadvantaged. Found savagely murdered, was a young civil attorney and several of his clients. Jack Pelletti, Special Agent with the FBI's Civil Liberties Unit, eagerly accepted the case. In an attempt to expose the killers, the agent finds himself befriending and accepting the help of unscrupulous sources. A seedy private eye, the town's madam, and an accused killer were amongst his closest allies. On the verge of deeming the investigation hopeless, Jack received a desperate cry in the dead of the night. The caller was an unlikely source, which inadvertently sent him whirling head first into the midst of the raging storm. In a town in which loyalty was frequently purchased by the highest bidder, Jack realizes that he must be extremely cautious, for his very life would depend upon it.