FBI Agent Booth needs forensic anthropologist Dr. Brennan's help to solve the case of a decomposed body found in a pond in Arlington National Cemetery. She agrees to help if she is a full partner in the case.
Bones and Booth travel to Los Angeles to investigate a body found on a beach. The case leads them to call girls and plastic surgeons. Back in Washington, Hodgins and Goodman clash while authenticating the remains of an Iron Age warrior.
Bones is told to investigate a plane crash involving Chinese delegates, but she is more interested in bone fragments from a person who was not on the plane. The fragments lead to a man whose father has been missing for five years.
After Bones narrowly avoids being shot while on the way to a blind date, the shooter is thought to be connected to one of two murders she's investigating: one of mob boss James Cugini, the other a victim of serial killer Kevin Hollings.