A true story of corruption in the American legal system, centring on the famous Lindbergh baby kidnapping of the 1930s. After a ransom is demanded and paid for 18-month-old Charles Lindbergh Jr, the child is found murdered. Three years later, 'Bruno' Richard Hauptmann is found in possession of $14,000 of the ransom money. The officer in charge conspires to get Hauptmann convicted of murder, even though the accused maintains his innocence. The Governor believes Hauptmann, and arranges to have the death sentence commuted to one of life imprisonment, but only if Hauptmann confesses to the killing.