Detective Sydney Valentine is summoned to the San Sansolita home of Teena Travis, a brutal judge on the musical reality show Mega Star. Valentine finds Ms. Travis dead on the floor, her skull bashed in with her own Emmy statuette.
Over the years, Ms. Travis earned the nickname "The Dream Crusher". Detective Valentine learns that Ms. Travis treated everyone who walked across the stage equally - with a sharp tongue and no concern for how her words cut the contestants to the bone.
During the course of the investigation, Valentine discovers that fans of the show adored Ms. Travis. If that's true, then who would want her dead?
Did her treatment of contestants push one of them over the edge - or is the killer someone else she never saw coming?