After finding a beautiful co-ed's body in an eerie waterway called Lost Slough, Joseph Lawrence Conrad becomes an unlikely hero caught in a Kafkaesque nightmare. Accused of murdering his students, he's about to lose everything-his teaching career, his wife, his precocious five-year-old daughter, and his freedom. Detectives Ryan Dunn and Manuel Marino tighten the noose as they uncover links between Joe and the victims. Ultimately, Joe resorts to the literature he's teaching, borrowing from Hamlet to set a trap for the real killer. However, the result only puts people Joe loves in grave danger.