Sally Keane, a black female attorney, 28 years old and four years out of law school works for a large Atlanta law firm, Barnes and Sullivan. She is unmarried and has no steady boyfriend. Her boss is Malcolm Eldridge, a black 55-year-old happily married partner in the firm. One day she is summoned to her boss’s office and is introduced to Phil Townsend, a white 30 year old attorney –also unmarried but in a casual relationship –who she is told will be her supervisor on a large litigation case. He greetsher cordially and they smile and shake hands but she gets the impression that he is looking down on a black female attorney. They work together on the case almost all day every day and she slowly grows to realize that she is falling in love with him. He begins to feel the same way about her and they enter into a relationshipduring which they engage in several sessions of passionate sexand move in together. But since the law firm frowns on personal relationships –especially interracial relationships –between employees they must keep their relationship a secret. Compounding the problem is that Phil’s boss is a bigot and the judge assigned to preside over their trial has a strict moral code when it comes to unmarried couples living together. The trial is of great importance to the firm. They must choose between staying together and risk losing the trial or separating for the good of the case and the law firm. Their careersand their happinesshang in the balance.