It is Judge Payton’s job to abide by the law and carry out the necessary sentence, even when it is a sentence he would rather not approve. Within five years, he has had to send six young men under the age of twenty-five to death row. These harsh punishments are wearing down on the judge’s mind as he wishes there was another way to give these condemned men a second chance to redeem themselves. When yet another young man, Charles Williams, is found guilty on four counts of first-degree murder and is heading towards the same fate, Payton desperately searches for a means to save him. His search rewards him with the “Financial Stay of Execution”.