Richie's father has been swindled by a man named Coombs. Jim assembles together a disparate group of con-artists in a complicated scheme using Coombs' anxieties, and even the "Curse" of King Tut, to save Mr. Brockelman from ruin.
Jim reconnects with Dr. Megan Dougherty and discovers she is engaged to another man. When she believes he is missing Jim agrees to help her, despite the fact he disapproves of her engagement and for his feelings for Megan.
The special guest of a P.I. convention dinner is found murdered in the restroom, and Jim unhappily finds himself once more having to team up with flawless Lance White, while accident prone Freddie Beamer tags along.
Rita Capkovic comes to Jim for help after her former pimp has beaten her up for refusing to work for him again. As Jim helps Rita recover she begins to see him as more than just as a friend, to the concern of everyone.
Rockford gets a phone call telling him to expect a package in the mail. Two hoods then murder the caller and go to Rockford's trailer to await the package's arrival. When the package is a wheel of cheese the mystery only gets deeper.
Rockford flies to Newark for a case and is robbed, leaving him stranded at the police station. Jim is caught in the middle of a mob war when 2 mooks, looking to make a name for themselves, get involved and complicate everything.