Alex Kearney (Anthony Edwards, ER) is an honest, hard-working cop patrolling the subdued suburbs of Philadelphia. He polices by the book and when he naively gives a powerful local businessman a speeding ticket he is unfairly relocated to a very different side of Philadelphia... downtown.
He is assigned a new partner, Dennis (Forest Whitaker of Phone Booth fame), a hardened cop who survives by following his instincts rather than the rules, and the pair get off to a very rocky start.
However, when Alex's former partner is murdered, he needs Dennis's help to uncover the truth. The two get caught up in what initially appears to be a drugs operation, but which soon emerges as something far more sinister.