Kathleen Shannon, better known as Kit, reluctantly agrees to represent police officer Edward Hanratty who is being charged with murder. She's a lawyer in a day and age when not many women were lawyers and she's a criminal lawyer to boot.
Kit and her faithful friend, Corazon, investigate the murder of Jay Chausser. The most frustrating part is that the DA or someone had purposefully warned all the witnesses or potential witnesses away. No one will talk to them. Eventually, Corazon manages to track down one maid that will help her. Still, things don't look good for Kit's client.
Meanwhile, Kit's own life has turmoil. Elinor Wynn is suing her for the loss of Theodore Fox's affections, as they were engaged to be married before Kit showed up. Kit tries to show the court that there's no way this ridiculous case can stand but she's only saved by the appearance of Ted Fox himself. With Ted back in her life, Kit's having a hard time concentrating on her case. While the evidence seems to say her client's guilty dead-to-rights, her heart and gut tell her he's being set up.
To make matters more stressful, Kit's dear Aunt Freddy is sick and dying and being manipulated maliciously by Professor Stillwater, a charlatan who's gained the elderly woman's trust. After an inner struggle, Ted comes to his senses and helps Kit out immensely. With the help of his friend, Gus, Ted gets Stillwater away from Aunt Freddy so Kit can have a few moment's of peaceful visitation with Aunt Freddy in the hospital.
In the end, Kit frees her client and pieces together the murder of Jay Chausser through a series of carefully researched and carefully timed witnesses of her own. These include the maid Corazon dug up and a painter who did recent work at the hotel and even a few of the prosecution's star witnesses, including Mrs. Edna Chausser herself.
This report prepared by Julie Gilbert