James is an ambitious law student. James wants things, two in particular: a highly-paid, prestigious job for a big corporate firm and a relationship with Ashley.
Ashley is an idealistic law student. She has things, two in particular: a highly paid, prestigious job offer for the summer from a big corporate firm, and a close friendship with James. She's not sure if she wants to make the job permanent or the friendship more than that. She thinks she wants to be an environmental lawyer or a prosecutor.
Russell Hughes is not a person, but a law firm. It's actually Russell, Hughes, Kirkpatrick, & Hale in full, and it's a big corporate firm. It has many things - a client list filled with the Fortune 500, high powered lobbyists, lots of connections, and well over a thousand lawyers employed - including an offer extended to Ashley.
Russell Hughes knows things, two in particular: that James has found a much less lucrative job working in a government agency. And that they have a huge client who's about to go before that agency in something that could break the company.
James and Ashley don't know what Russell Hughes knows. Nor, unfortunately for them, do they have any idea what Russell Hughes will do or just how far they will go with what it knows.