San Francisco PD detective Travis solicits the opinion of his friend Clara Quillen because she is a movie buff and might have some insight into a murder in a historic movie theater during a classic film. Finally she comes face to face with the most fiendish person she has ever encountered. The fiction of this story is uncomfortably close to the facts of happens virtually every day in America.
San Francisco attorney Clara Quillen is contacted by SFPD Detective Roy Travis again, this time because Vivian Hall, a beautiful young professor who went to the same law school as Clara, has been murdered. As Clara digs for the truth, various suspects gradually emerge: students, professors, and others related to the work Vivian did on be behalf of abused and neglected children.
Attorney Clara Quillen is stunned when she reads about the murders of three San Francisco lawyers and realizes her former boss, Bernard Kahn, is one of the victims. The lawyers were killed on the same night, in the same manner, each holding a copy of an often-misunderstood Shakespearean quote from Henry VI, Part II: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”