Charles Reece (Alex McArthur) is a serial killer who commits a number of brutal mutilation-slayings in order to drink blood as a result of paranoid delusions.
Reece is soon captured. Most of the film revolves around the trial and the prosecutor’s attempts to have Reece found sane and given the death penalty. Defense lawyers, meanwhile, argue that the defendant is not guilty by reason of insanity.
The prosecutor, Anthony Fraser (Michael Biehn), was previously against capital punishment, but he seeks such a penalty in the face of Reece’s brutal crimes after meeting one victim’s grieving family.