As a child living in Africa, Jill Young saw her mother killed while protecting wild gorillas from poachers led by Andrei Strasser. Now an adult, Jill cares for an orphaned gorilla named Joe — who, due to a genetic anomaly, is 15 feet tall. When Gregg O’Hara arrives from California and sees the animal, he convinces Jill that Joe would be safest at his wildlife refuge. But Strasser follows them to the U.S., intent on capturing Joe for himself.
After making a name for herself on the West Coast, a defense lawyer returns to her hometown of Atlanta to argue a controversial rape-murder case. But it’s not all work and no play: once there, she reenters high society and has a reunion with an old flame — who just happens to be the prosecuting attorney on her case. As she investigates her client’s claims of innocence, she uncovers a sinister conspiracy that threatens both her life and her new romance.