CIA Agent John Haines discovers accidentally that SEAL petty officer Scott Navarro, reported killed in action 3 years earlier on Steven Algazi's authority, is probably still held by the Abu Sayyaf Muslim rebels on a remote island. Leaving a man behind is McNulty's personal weak spot, after 4/5 years Vietcong captivity. However the Pentagon brass feels the political risks are unacceptable, as in the case of a Sri Lankan diplomat kidnapped by Tamil Tigers. During and after a Washington gala ball, where J.T. must escort an ancient general's hot young wife, the fight for permission is harder then the rescue.