When a rock singer is killed onstage during a concert, Jo Beckett is called in to perform a psychological autopsy. But Tasia McFarland's death causes Jo all kinds of problems, because Tasia is the ex-wife of the President of the United States.
The White House pressures Jo to declare Tasia's death an accident, but Jo has learnt of an obsessed fan who was stalking Tasia and her new boyfriend, a famous country singer. Jo calls the police but she's too late; the stalker has killed again and the police, in turn, have killed the stalker.
The case seems to have come to a spectacular conclusion. But now Jo's not so sure the stalker killed Tasia after all. And she's nervous, because the President is on his way to San Francisco to attend the memorial service.