Sugarland is a small Texas town with a history of growing and refining sugar cane. Since the refinery exploded in 1969 the town has been economically depressed, existing only as a sleepy bedroom community of Houston. When Universal Energy’s Eva Callaghan shows up on a mission to acquire the land required to build America’s first sugar ethanol refinery, the Walker family sees an opportunity to greatly increase its wealth and power in Sugarland by aggregating all of the land and reselling it to Universal Energy. After they come to terms with Universal Energy, the Walkers set out to acquire the land, overcoming numerous financial and legal obstacles and leveraging their empire to the last cent. As resolution appears certain, Eva Callaghan disappears under suspicious circumstances and a suspect is arrested for her murder. Two of Texas’ finest criminal lawyers go head to head in the murder trial that follows her disappearance and dark secrets are uncovered as they struggle to learn the truth about Eva Callaghan and her true purpose for coming to Sugarland.