In Sterling, New Hampshire, seventeen year old Peter Houghton has always been the but of his classmates jokes. Until one day, a final incident of bullying causes him to commit an act of violence that changes the lives of everyone in time. In the aftermath, the towns residents must come to terms with the roles they each played in the tragedy. For them, the lines between truth and fiction, right and wrong, insider and outsider have been obscured forever. Peters parents, thrust under public scrutiny, struggle to understand whether you can still love a child who's done something reprehensible. Alex Cormier, the judge assigned to Peter's trial, is torn between presiding between the biggest case of her career, and taking care of her own emotionally fragile daughter Josie, the State's best witness. But Josie a popular girl, who a lifetime ago was Peter's best friend, claims that she can't remember the tragedy that unfolded before her own eyes- or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show, destroying the closest of friendships and families. 'Nineteen Minutes' holds a lightning glass up to the moment when your own child becomes a mystery to you. What does it mean to be different in our society? When is it okay for the victim to strike back? And perhaps most importantly, who, if /anyone/, has the right to judge someone else?