What does a wife do when she finds out her husband, who is also the Illinois State Attorney General, cheated on her with a prostitute? Thus begins the story of Alicia Florrick, who has to pick up the pieces when her husband is sentenced to prison for his part in the sexual and political corruption scandal. Thanks to an old friend, Will Gardner, she is able to land a job at the law office of Lockhart and Gardner, a prestigious firm in downtown Chicago. Here her new life begins to take shape, and Alicia must weigh her duties as a wife and mother against new possibilities that are open to her, including beginning a romantic relationship with Will, who had been an old college flame. The resulting tension is the basis of the first season. Julianna Margulies won an Emmy for her role as Alicia Florrick.