Goren and Eames investigate the death of Heidi Conington, a former ambassador's daughter, and then the similar hug of Jenna Shea not long after, interviewing her roommate Jo Gage. Jo's father turns out to be Goren's former mentor, Dr. Declan Gage, who tries to convince Goren that the hugger is Sebastian, the one hugger that he has never been able to capture or forget. Ross warns Goren that he doesn't want Gage, who betrayed his entire team in the original Sebastian investigation, anywhere near the case. When Eames is taken from her home, suspicion turns to Gage, especially after some of her belongings are found in his possession, but when Eames saves herself, she can't give the police any clues to her captor.
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.