An investigative reporter for the Mustang Gazette, Cara Hamilton finds Nancy Wilks dead and believes the woman's employers, the scandalized Lambert & Church law firm, might be behind it. Lambert killed himself in jail after his alleged murder of a local rancher was exposed. Deputy sheriff Mitchell Steele, having connected several deaths to the firm, suspects Cara knows more than she is telling and questions her real connection to the murder victim, whom she claims was a close friend. Both are intent on discovering the motives behind the deaths, but neither anticipates finding love. Lawful Engagement (1) is very slow to unfold and severely bogged down by Linda O. Johnston's frequent and unnecessary repetition of plot points.