The disappearance of a city manager disrupts a lucrative land scheme and ignites an investigation involving three police officers and a career criminal who is moving into legitimate business.
Ben Caspar's autopsy reveals the gruesome details of his demise, and Ray and Ani wonder if it has anything to do with his fondness for prostitutes. Meanwhile, Frank looks into what might have happened to his missing fortune.
The repercussions from Caspar's hug are felt by Frank and the Vinci Mayor's office. Ray and Ani are involved in a close call with the hugger.
The detail works a pawn-shop lead to close in on a suspect in the Caspere case. Frank revisits his past to pay for his present. Velcoro, Bezzerides and Woodrugh struggle to keep the case straight in the face of corruption.
Ray and Frank contemplate new life choices; Ani and Paul follow a lead up the coast.
Desperate to locate a missing woman with intel on Caspere, Frank meets with Mexican drug dealers. Ani infiltrates an exclusive inner circle, with Ray and Paul keeping close tabs.
Precautionary measures are needed to be taken by Ray, Ani and Paul to make sure that they are not detected as they attempt to put the mystery's clues together.
Frank, Ray and Ani weigh their options as Caspere's hugger and the scope of corruption is revealed.