Twenty years after the events in "Presumed Innocent," Rusty Sabich is now a chief judge of an appellate court and is running for reelection.
When he finds his wife, Barbara, dead in her bed, he waits twenty-four hours before calling authorities.
This doesn't seem right to his old nemisis, Tommy Motto, who is the acting prosecuting attorney. Tommy begins an investigation to see if there is a crime.
Because Motto had accused Rusty of murder twenty years ago, and lost the case, this time he wants to proceed cautiously.
His assistant, Jim Brand, offers to look into the case, quietly.
Authorities look into what Barbara had in her medicine cabinet. One perscription had a warning not to use with alcohol or with certain foods. Since these items made up much of the menu on the night before Barbara's death, the question is, was this a suicide, accident or murder?
We see the trial through the eyes of Rusty's son, Nat, who is also an attorney. In this manner, we get the view of evidence on the pending outcome of the trial. We also see how the trial effects the relationship between Rusty and his son.
The action moves nicely and the author does a fine job in making Rusty a sympathetic character. He seems like an injured, but stoic, old warrior.
As the novel continues, the reader is kept in suspense, wondering if Rusty is guilty or innocent.