With cuts being made, crime reporter Jack McEvoy has got 30 days left on the job. His last assignment is to train his young replacement. But Jack has other plans. He is going to go out with a bang - a final story that will win a Pulitzer. Jack focuses on a 16-year-old drug dealer who has confessed to a brutal murder. But he realizes that the so-called confession is bogus. His investigation leads him to a killer know as The Scarecrow who has worked completely below the police radar.