“The city thrives when its major institutions work together,” says an editor of a newspaper cardinal in a friendly conversation. The city in question is Boston. Cardinal Bernard F. Law is, and editor Martin Baron is freshly Miami Herald came from the Boston Globe. Cardinal Baron says politely that he believes that the newspaper must be independent. Their conversation establishes the central conflict around which the movie. Encouraged by Baron, a group of reporters from the Globe will spend the next eight months to “dig” in the history of the archdiocese black surface to remove the sexual abuse to which they were a very large number of children by priests.