Detective Sgt. JOE SCANLON is a tough Philadelphia cop called
to the scene of the crucifixion murder of an African-American boy. Within minutes
of that murder, Scanlon is dispatched to the double homicide of a rich, Main
Line white couple at the Art Museum. Scanlon and his partner CLAY MATTHEWS try
to solve the cases before the city explodes in a race war, and Scanlon finds
himself falling in love with the murdered woman’s sister, TRACY WALLS,
a Grace Kelly look-a-like.
Scanlon’s former lover Officer NIKKI RUIZ is assigned
to help with the investigations, and they find themselves tracking a serial
killer named JESUS MARTINEZ. As Scanlon closes in on Martinez, the killer lures
Ruiz into a trap. Martinez paralyzes Ruiz and leaves her to die in an abandoned
factory in North Philadelphia. As the city erupts in a race riot, the child-killer
strikes again; a second boy is found crucified in Fairmount Park. Scanlon believes
a priest or a cop is the murderer.
Tracy Walls is targeted by Martinez, and Scanlon races to rescue
her as she is stalked through the closed Art Museum. Scanlon saves Tracy, and
shoots Martinez, who falls dead into the famous “Rocky” fountain.