Two low-lifes (James Woods and Franklyn Seales) kidnap a pair of plain-clothes policemen and kill one of them in a field. The other (John Savage) escapes and the killers are soon brought to trial. By making deals and blaming each other, the bad guys look as though they might get off. Meanwhile, the surviving policeman feels so guilty about his partner he starts having a nervous breakdown. Based on a true story.