While patrolling the back streets of Atlanta on the overnight shift, a former APD chief of detectives, and now patrolman, Buster Braudnax stumbles upon the nude body of a woman at the back of an alley. The city brass claims she is a fugitive extortionist and prostitute out of New Orleans. Still, not believing the official line, he takes it upon himself to identify the killer. But by acting outside the scope of his authority, he is vulnerable to retaliation from both inside and outside his own department. Undaunted by threats, even attempts on his life, and teaming up with Anne Marie Shifter, together they move forward to overcome the numerous obstacles that are placed in their path. After encountering opposition from corrupt politicians and crooked cops even as they encounter trouble in copious quantities, they uncover a narcotic ring in the process and push ahead to apprehend a serial killer.