2003. The front page of the Sun newspaper is filled with a picture of Sam, aged thirteen, his face pixelated to disguise his identity. Sam has won his case in the High Court. They interview a city solicitor to try to give an explanation. Fast rewind to 1993. Gregory Franks is a criminal law barrister whose work defending criminals influences his violent and abusive behavior. His wife, Joanne, has had enough and divorces him, taking her son Sam with her. Joanne finds happiness with Chris, and gives birth to Alex. But Gregory wants revenge, and plans to take Sam away from Joanne, and he has friends in high places to help him.