After a media blitz that surpassed the Rodney King riots, the Patty Hearst trial and the acquittal of OJ Simpson combined, Elizabeth sits on Alcatraz’s high-tech death row awaiting execution at the age of thirty. A Catholic priest convinces Elizabeth to tell her story as a warning to other young women who might find themselves in similar circumstances.
We learn that young Elizabeth was barely tolerated in an abusive family, and as a teen was abused further by a gang of classmates. When the private shame of her rape becomes an unwanted pregnancy, her father coldly sends her away to The School for Wayward Girls. At the School Elizabeth trades her naiveté for a home and family of sorts. In spite of her nightmarish start to adulthood, Elizabeth gains a unique position that enables her to save tens of thousands of lives, for which a jury of her peers condemns her to die.