Author McClain was a high school classmate of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of the 1999 murder of a former girlfriend. At the time of the trial, McClain wrote a letter to Syed that provided him with a possible alibi. Neither the prosecution nor the defense contacted McClain at the time. In 2014, Syed's case became a focus case in the podcast titled "Serial" and McClain's letter was discovered. McClain's book is about the events in her life that took place during her high school years and the contacts since then. In July of 2016, Syed was granted a new trial. McClain, as a key witness, has been accused of being both truthful and untruthful. Asia McClain Chapman now resides in Spokane Washington with her husband and her two children.