Jay Singletary (Chris Pine) is a disgraced Los Angeles journalist with a story he can’t shake.
Fauna Hodel (India Eisley) lives with Jimmie Lee Greenwade (Golden Brooks) her adoptive mother who has kept the identity of Fauna’s real mother a secret. Fauna has grown up believing she’s bi-racial, but now that she’s grown wants to know who her real mother and father are, and why it’s such a secret.
Jay knows her grandfather George Hodel (Jefferson Mays) a prominent, powerful and dangerous physician who was a suspect in the Black Dahlia murder.
Elizabeth Short, known posthumously as the "Black Dahlia," was an American woman who was found murdered in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Her case became highly publicized due to the graphic nature of the crime, which included her corpse having been mutilated and bisected at the waist.
Now Jay and Fauna must team up, both wanting the truth for different reasons. The drama was inspired by the autobiography of Fauna Hodel titled One Day She'll Darken: The Mysterious Beginnings of Fauna Hodel.