Nichols (Jeff Goldblum) and Stevens (Saffron Burrows) investigate the death of a ballerina at a prestigious New York conservatory; a place where a love of art and beauty collides with the harsh reality of murder. Each year, the Schuman Center for the Performing Arts draws young dancers whose only desire is to pursue their dreams of beauty and perfection. Alona Landau (Lindsey Rose Sinclair), a ruthlessly cruel young dancer, winds up dead and there are few who truly mourn her. Her instructor, Ethan Johns (Lorenzo Pisoni), actually encouraged vicious competition, pitting the girls against each other. Alona's biggest competitor, Jessalyn Kerr (Melissa Benoist), also raises suspicion. Jessalyn is an extremely talented dancer who always ends up in second place, no matter how hard she works. How far will these dancers go to achieve their dreams?