Dallas attorney Stan Turner has a propensity for attracting impossible cases and getting in over his head. So, it's no big surprise when a simple attorney-ad-litem appointment in family court evolves into a complex murder defense. Melody Monroe, a delightful teenager with ambitions to be a gymnast, loses her parents in a tragic auto accident. She is devastated and falls into a deep depression. Without any relatives to take her in she ends up with Child Protective Services, but due to a bad attitude, they have difficulty placing her until Frank and Marjorie come along. They are a middle-aged couple who want an heir but not the hassle of raising a young child, so Melody is perfect. Unfortunately, Melody soon finds out her Frank is an alcoholic and often beats up Marjorie. It also becomes apparent that her new parents each have their own agendas and she's caught in the middle. Frank is a beneficiary of the Monroe Trust worth millions along with his sister Natalie, and they hate each other. As the date draws near for the final release of the restriction on selling the trust's prime real estate, Frank is found dead behind the wheel of his Ford Ranger.