The stone in Meredith's engagement ring leads to an underworld industry, an inside man at the Naval Research Lab, an arrest, a conviction, and more investigations. Harm takes custody of Mattie, and the admiral makes a shattering discovery.
A woman Navy ensign has died, and a seaman stands accused of both murder and attempted rape; Harm prosecutes, and Mac defends. Mac, the defendant, and his chaplain all are alcoholics in recovery. A guard overhears a supposed confession by the sailor, but Mac figures out what had really happened. A commander in a SEAL training unit stands charged of fraud and larceny; Sturgis prosecutes, and Bud defends; the accused reveals to Bud that he had embezzled the funds with which to buy stolen goods on a Russian black market -- all for the benefit of the Navy and the USA. The...
In Iraq two F-14 Tomcats bomb a hospital, which Iraqi forces have turned into a bunker; 32 civilians die. The SecNav stands trial in the International Criminal Court; Harm, Mac, and Bud defend him. Little A.J. disappears and reappears.
An F-18 Hornet crashes on the deck while attempting to land aboard a carrier at sea, and the pilot dies instantly; Harm and Mac investigate, and they suspect suicide. The pilot's squadron commander stands accused of dereliction of duty for his having failed to help the pilot and ground him (because of his expression of his depression and suicidal thinking); Mac prosecutes, and Harm and Bud defend. Suddenly the suicide theory crumbles, then Harm and Bud find the real problem and the person responsible. Bud practices his skills in suicide prevention; he also reaches out...
A battery explosion deafens Harm. The CIA's diamond expert, Van Duyn, disappears, along with 24 of the Navy's synthetic diamonds. Sadik returns and plans new terrorist attacks, but Mac intercepts him and takes care of him and his plans.
A discharged Marine is recalled to active duty to stand trial for the unauthorized wearing of a Silver Star; Harm prosecutes, and Mac defends. The admiral sends Mac to see a shrink. Bud loses a snake. Harm and Mattie have ups and downs.
After dinner at a Chinese restaurant the gang takes part in a round of what might have become if the various people had set out on different roads. They wind up at a party at Harriet's castle, and they see one another in a different light.
Mac discovers the reason for a false positive result of a drug test for an angry woman enlisted Marine, and Harm and Bud represent a senior chief petty officer who is HIV-positive, and whose privacy has become compromised.
During a guest sermon a Marine general has made remarks about the Islamic faith; this publicly boils into a court-martial; Mac prosecutes, and Harm defends. Bud investigates a complaint of racial bias against Sturgis, and he resolves it.
A Marine dies in an ambush in Iraq; his sister is a classmate of Mattie; Harm and Mattie help the mother and the sister of the Marine. Bud investigates the failure of the body armor. Harm and Mattie continue to understand each other better.
A kilo of heroin disappears during the seizure of a foreign ship. Harm and Mac investigate; they find the missing kilo, then they find the culprit. Bud helps a Marine with a recording contract who now must deploy. Bud and Mike talk again.
Harriet receives a commendation, then she changes to the inactive reserve because she has become pregnant with twins. Six men have died in a rough sea while trying to rescue a party in a rubber boat; Sturgis investigates. The admiral appears to stay in a happy mood. When he confirms his reservation for his wedding reception at the O Club in Annapolis, he converts it into his retirement party, which turns into a dining out. Harm learns that Mattie's father was not drunk at the time of the wreck; Mattie reconciles with her father. Webb appears to keep his promise to ...
Sturgis is the acting JAG of the Navy. Simon tells Mac that Webb is alive. Mac visits Kershaw and Clay's mother, then Harm, Mac, and Simon go to Manderley, where Harm finds Webb. Clay's mother fixes a problem, and Mac breaks off with Webb.
In Iraq a firefight breaks out with friendly forces on each side; one Marine dies; each side says that the other side fired first. A retired Marine stands trial; Mac prosecutes, and Harm defends. Harm identifies the real trouble.
In a retrial after 22 years Sturgis prosecutes, and Harm defends a man, a young seaman at the time, who was wrongfully convicted of murder. Meanwhile Mac prosecutes, and Bud defends a chief warrant officer with four wives and families.
A Marine colonel undergoes unusual scrutiny while under consideration as the next JAG of the Navy. Harm and Mac investigate a shooting during a dispute between a US fishing boat and a Canadian one. Mattie and Jennifer talk about fathers.
MGen. Creswell has taken charge. An official of the DoD has died in Iraq; a Marine staff sergeant goes on trial for involuntary manslaughter by culpable negligence; Harm prosecutes, and Mac defends. Officers take partial responsibility.
A midshipman of the Naval Academy becomes lost overboard from a sailboat in a storm. The coach, a commander, goes to a pretrial hearing on a charge of dereliction of duty; Mac prosecutes, and Sturgis defends. Mattie moves back home.
Three MPs at Gitmo go on trial for injuring a detainee; the prisoner is a member of the US Army in disguise; Mac prosecutes, and Harm and an Army lawyer defend. Bud slugs a mouthy civilian and goes on trial; Sturgis defends him.
Coates runs into trouble with two former friends from her previous life, and Harm becomes involved. A rich civilian has bought an F-18, and his daughter, a Naval aviator, gets into trouble for having taught him to fly it; Bud investigates.
A biowarfare expert disappears, apparently by suicide; Harm, Mac, and the FBI investigate. A woman Marine has filed a petition to allow women to compete with men in boxing; Bud investigates, and the general changes his mind in a ring.
A wreck sends Mac to a hospital; while unconscious she dreams about recent events in her life, especially ones involving Webb and Harm. An EMT calls Harm, who goes to Mac's room; Harm and Mac start reaching and communicating.