SHARK is a drama that follows the professional and personal life of SEBASTIAN STARK, a charismatic, supremely self-confident defense attorney who brings his cutthroat tactics to the prosecutor's office.
After a shocking outcome in one of his cases and a personal epiphany, Sebastian Stark decides to leave his job as a defense attorney. Now looking for a new job, he has been offered the position of director of the Los Angeles DA's high-profile crime unit, but with a twist - he will have to train a new team of inexperienced lawyers.
Stark has a new case, the murder of an undercover narcotics detective by a drug dealer. He will have to deal with the murdered cop's partners, who are hesitant to trust or help him because he often used questionable means to win acquittals for his often-guilty clients when he was a defense attorney.
A heart surgeon is accused of murdering his missing wife. The fact that Stark doesn't have any proof, or even a body, doesn't stop him. He asks his team to find creative means to secure evidence from Dr. Mitchell Sterling's home and obtain testimony from his eight-year-old son, Ethan.
A couple is shot to death in a Malibu beach house, which they rented from a private investigator who knows dirty secrets about almost everyone in Hollywood - including Stark. The PI is under investigation by a grand jury and Stark uses that threat to squeeze information from him. Back at home, Julie helps a guy on whom she has a crush research a term paper while she lets her own studies fall behind.
Stark prosecutes three college football players accused of raping a female student at a campus athletic house. One of the players is the team's starting quarterback and is considered a high first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. The case takes a hit when Stark learns the victim was in a relationship with the quarterback. Back at home, Julie tells her dad she is being suspended from school because she's been accused of plagiarism.
Four Latino women are killed in a garment-factory fire and the police rule it an accident, but Martin leaks false information to the press to force the DA's office to investigate. Sebastian isn't happy about it and says the case can't be won, but he gets pumped up when he learns his rival, Elliott Dasher is defending the fashion company his office is going after. The probe reveals the company supports sweatshops and may be liable for the fire. Also, Julie gets readmitted to school.
After an 8-year-old girl is kidnapped from a park and murdered, Stark believes this new case could be linked to a similar crime committed 15 years ago. In the former case, the main suspect had been defended by Stark himself and prosecuted by Jessica Devlin, and the man had been convicted of the murder. Meanwhile, a young man tells Julie he believes his late father and her mother had an affair while she was still married to Stark.
A 16-year-old black girl is run down by a car and killed just after she left a party. The school the victim went to is mostly attended by rich, white kids, including Stark's daughter, Julie. Stark fears a racial war could break out over the crime but when the investigation is completed, it reveals a totally different story.
An assistant district attorney is gunned down along with a high-priced hooker in the prostitute's car. The investigation reports the victim had wanted to prosecute narcotics cases and not domestic disputes, and he may have been working the call girl on targeting a drug dealer with whom she had a relationship. Meanwhile, Julie considers going to the next step with Eddie.
A married socialite, who is one of Jessica's best friends, fatally shoots her ex-con lover but claims it was in self-defense. Also, Sebastian gives Julie the silent treatment after she stays overnight with her boyfriend.
Stark goes after a millionaire arms broker who is supplying explosives to L.A. gangs that have caused three car bombings and nine fatalities over the past five months. Making things more difficult is the FBI, which wants to take over the case, but Sebastian won't allow it because Casey has been kidnapped and may be killed if the broker escapes the country. Martin dies tragically while trying to save a little girl.
Sebastian's new case seems to be the easiest one he could get. He's prosecuting a suspected serial killer accused of murdering five women and seriously injuring a sixth who was lucky enough to escape from his house. But the victim is reluctant to testify when she learns that the killer will be interrogating her.
Stark and the HPCU take on the murder of a billionaire real estate developer whose marriage to his second wife is in trouble. The billionaire's son and wife are both suspects in the bizarre killing.
A popular young actress is killed after being run off of trendy Mulholland Drive, and the paparazzi who follow her every move are immediately suspect. The starlet, however, has more in her life than just nagging photographers including fights with fellow actresses and a secret relationship.
Not only is the wife of a popular and ultraconservative judge murdered, the grieving spouse and Stark have an unpleasant history. Stark soon finds himself buried in the middle of another political hotbed, as the judge has a secret that threatens to ruin his judicial career.
Sebastian Stark puts his job on the line when he answers to the pleas of an old friend not to alert law enforcement that he found the body of one of his firm's interns.
After a controversial shooting that killed an upstanding black youth and injuring his drug dealing cousin. Sebastian accuses a highly decorated black law enforcement officer and his white partner for the murder.
Sebastian, Raina, a convicted serial murderer they are trying to give the death penalty, and the courtroom audience are taken hostage by a distraught man who is to be sentenced for a robbery he claims he did not commit.
Sebastian faces an uphill battle in court when the respected head of a women's shelter creates a positive vigilante justice media buzz for the killing of a predatory porn producer.
Sebastian goes up against his sly, sexy former legal protege when he prosecutes the case of a young professor who was pushed to his death from the balcony of his wife's ultra wealthy college boyfriend's apartment.
Sebastian has to convince a jury that a kidnapper was not simply saving a child from abusive parents, and D.A. Devlin faces election day.
Stark goes on the warpath to bring down the infamous acquitted serial killer Wayne Callison after the alarming discovery of another young woman found murdered. After losing the election, D.A. Devlin plans on going to private practice, until Stark makes her an offer. The episode ends with a surprising twist.