Widowed Joanne Kilbourn is an ex-police officer turned criminology professor. Her husband Ian was the Ontario provincial Attorney General when he was murdered, the murder never solved. Her current home life is on the most part a happy one, except that her eldest son Peter has had an on-again, off-again relationship with a young woman named Christy Sinclair, the relationship which is now on-again. There is something about Christy that does not sit right with Joanne. Joanne's professional life takes a turn when she is asked by an old colleague to act as the on-air crime and justice expert for a local television news show.