Gibbs and Tony are on security detail when the Navy secretary Clayton Jarvis attends a seminar with family friend Philip Wickes, whose steel company expects to loose its crucial US Navy contracts due to a 'green program' to switch to polyester ships. Jarvis is hospitalizes in lethal danger after a shooting, but it's staged. Gibbs' team is to investigate discretely, jointly with Psy Ops. Wickes's suggested suspect is found murdered at home and involved in an implicit blackmail. McGee takes on a masterly hacker, which leads to yet another motive.