In a dazzling display of courtroom bravado, Seth "Cowboy" Cameron wins a ticket to San Francisco's Montgomery Street, home of the prestigious firm of Miller and McGrath. But he soon becomes a pawn in a power struggle between the firm's senior partners, led by Brahmin superstar Anthony Treadwell, and the juniors, whom Treadwell labels the "Young Turkeys." Surviving on adrenaline and unkept promises, Seth is primed to beat Treadwell at his own game, when Treadwell sends him Elena Barton. The seductive widow of of an Ar Force pilot killed in the crash of a stealth boomer, she's determined to sue the government contractor to prove the plane was defective and thus erase the stigma of "pilot error." Committed to the firm's questionable strategies and increasingly attracted to his client, Seth is stunned when a shocking career disaster shatters his dreams and lands him in a seedy law office on Mission Street. Allyn Friedlander, Seth's new boss, hides her generous heart beneath a veneer of industrial-strength cigars and caffeine. But she believes in him and backs him when Elena reappears, a dark angel offering redemption . . . or a new way to crash and burn.