When a general's daughter, an army captain in psychological operations, is found murdered, two warrant officers Paul Brenner(John Travolta) and Sarah Sunhill(Madeleine Stowe) are brought in to investigate. The young woman Capt. Elizabeth Campbell(Leslie Stefanson) was staked down with tent poles, strangled, and presumably raped. But what the investigators find is even more bizarre, relating back to her days at West Point and involving the general himself and his aide. The daughter's one confidant also ends up as an apparent suicide and is assumed to be the culprit. Cover-ups and sexual scandals rampage throughout the film.