When the body of a young woman is found by two children behind a dumpster, Barek and Logan learn she had recently returned from Guatemala and was suspected of being a drug mule. The investigation leads them to a noted plastic surgeon who has made a name for herself in recent years performing surgeries in Guatemala on people who would not normally be able to afford plastic surgery. As the investigation continues, Logan and Barek suspect that the doctor has a lot to hide.
Det. Robert Goren is an exceptionally bright homicide investigator with well-honed instincts that match up favorably with his criminal quarry. Likewise, his partner, Det. Alexandra Eames, brings an independence and stylish edge to her work that meshes well in tandem with Goren. They were joined by Mike Logan, who has finally worked his way back from a ten-year exile to Staten Island, and Carolyn Barek as a devoted Catholic detective whose religion plays a part in everything she does.
Their commanding officer, Capt. James Deakins, is a competent but ambitious political character who knows how to survive and thrive behind the scenes. All of them often butt heads with the no-nonsense Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver, a stickler for the crucial legal details.