Munch Mancini is a busy woman, but she hasn't forgotten her old friend. She's still close to Ellen Summers, who is about the be freed from the California Institution for Women. Just a day before her release, someone tortures and murders her mother and stepfather. Ellen has something the killer wants, and she's not about to give it up. Alone and threatened, she flees to Munch. Munch wants to help but too much of Ellen's story doesn't make sense, and what if helping Ellen puts Munch's eight-year-old daughter, Asia, at risk? That's where friendship stops and motherhood takes over. Unwilling to confide in the police because the whole truth would send Ellen back to prison, Munch embarks on a mission to find the killer and to cut a deal for her friend.