"Fruit of a Poisonous Tree" moves along two tracks that eventually collide after the Supreme Court overturns Roe v.Wade, and abortion is outlawed. The first is that of Dr. Stanley Hartman who reluctantly performs an abortion on a young woman after narrowly saving the life of a woman suffering from the results of a botched back alley abortion. The second follows the careers of politicians who use this issue to advance their careers.
Kate Hartman, the doctor's wife, emerges as a force to be reckoned with as she fights to save her family from threatened disaster. Becoming a recognized and articulate spokeswoman, she is induced to run for Congress which brings her and a Justice Department aide together. It is this friendship that leads to the gripping climax of this book.
This look into the near future is a realistic look at what may very well happen within the next few years.