Chava Golon from the Prison Coalition asks Sister Helen Prejean to become a pen pale to a death - row inmate. She accepts and the first death - row inmate is Elmo Patrick Sonnier. On November 4,1977, he and his younger brother, Eddie abducted from a lovers\' lane a teenage couple, David Le Blanc and Loretta Bourque. They raped the gin, forced the young people to he face down, and shot them in the head. His younger brother Eddie is also at Angola serving a life sentence. Patrick Sonnier wants to safe his brother from the electric chair. The Jury readily agrees with the prosecutor and recents Patrick Sonnier to death.
On September 15, Sister Helen Prejean drives to Angola for her first visit with Pat.
In July 1983 Pat gets a paper with the date of his execution, August the 19 1983.
The crucial race factor in Pat\'s case is that his victims were white, and Eddie\'s victim\'s were black.
The day of execution Sister Helen Prejean stays with Pat until he dies. Millard Farmer is representing two death- row inmates in Louisiana and he would like her to become their spiritual adviser.
The first person is Robert Lee Willie. On May,28, 1980 he and Joseph Vaccaro brutally raped and strapped Faith Harvey and left her to die in the woods. Robert got death and Vaccaro got life.
Sister Helen Prejean visits on the one hand Robert, on the other hand Faith\'s parents. On the day of the execution the Harvey's come to see the murder of Faith die. Robert Willie is sorry about what he has done to Faith and her parents, but his death hasn\'t relieved the suffering of Mrs. and Mr. Harvey.