Doing the right thing was always a clear, easy decision for LaShelle Roland, editor of Payne County Weekly in Stillwater, Oklahoma, until she discovers the District Attorney's Drug Task Force is actually shielding major drug dealers from prosecution. The Sun, Stillwater's powerful daily newspaper, is part of the corruption cover up and is pressuring LaShelle to sell her struggling paper to keep a lid on the story.
LaShelle shares details of the corruption with Bo Stark, a financially successful classmate from their days at Perkins High School in the 1970's who visits Stillwater with his family during spring break in 1994. Bo wants to help and offers an investment so she can withstand the financial backlash of publishing the story. What's the right thing to do? Sell Payne County Weekly and take a marketing job that's made for her in Oklahoma City, or accept the investment and break the story, placing herself, the informant, Bo and others in mortal danger by going up against the local power brokers.