At the height of the
Civil Rights movement, a young girl’s murder stirs racial tensions in
The grave on the football field is shallow, easy to spot
from a distance. It would have been found sooner had most of the residents in
the black half of Birmingham not been downtown, marching, singing, and being
arrested alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Police detective Ben Wellman is
among them when he gets the call about the fresh grave. Under the loosely
packed dirt he finds a young black girl, her innocence taken, and her life
along with it. His sergeant orders
Wellman to investigate but instructs him not to try too hard. In the summer of
1963, Birmingham is tense enough without a manhunt for the killers of a black
child. Wellman digs for the truth in spite of skepticism from the black
community and scorn from his fellow officers. What he finds is a secret that
men from both sides of town would prefer stayed buried.
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