A young boy, Jacob Fordham, is kidnapped from his bedroom late one night – and Ben Talbot invites Beth to join the investigation, eventually offering her a job as a civilian investigator attached to the District Attorney’s office. Meanwhile, Josef and Mick return from a late night furniture shopping expedition and catch the kidnapping story on the morning news – and the location of the crime prompts Mick to make an appearance on the scene.
Overwhelmed by the memories brought back by the house in which the little boy was abducted, Mick insinuates himself into the investigation and rules out vampire involvement. They are unaware the kidnapper is just outside the home, watching their every move.
Later that night, Mick reveals the story of his connection with the Fordham family to Beth: his friendship and military service with Ray Fordham, his affair with Fordham’s widow Lilah, and Ray’s unexpected return. Mick suspects that Robert Fordham may be his son and Jacob his grandson. At his admissions, Beth is moved to tears.
Searching the Fordham’s home, Mick and Beth discover an obscured entrance into the house, created while the home underwent renovation. The police are called in, and an investigation into the myriad construction workers who worked on the house project begins. Mick takes this opportunity to surreptitiously obtain a hair sample from Robert Fordham – he intends to determine if the man is indeed his son, using DNA testing.
Mick is going through some of the contents of his army kit to provide a sample of his own human DNA when Josef drops by unexpectedly. Mick expects his cynical friend to laugh at his situation but to his surprise, Josef admits that the inability to have children is a drawback to vampire life. Mick and Beth take the DNA samples to the lab and put a rush order on the testing.
Afterwards, Mick drops Beth off at the hall of records to search for the names of possible suspects while he returns to the Fordham house to further discuss the case with Robert. As the men talk, Mick comes close to admitting his suspicion that he is Robert’s father, but ultimately he says nothing. They finally narrow the list of names down until they zero in on their suspect – metal worker Ken Verdolino – who at that moment calls Mick to taunt him by threatening Beth. Mick rushes to Beth’s side.
Now that the kidnapper has been identified, Beth and Mick call the police, but arrive at Verdolino’s home before they do. Mick follows Verdolino into an underground cellar, where he corners the kidnapper. Shockingly, instead of revealing Jacob’s whereabouts, Verdolino shoots himself. Mick then locates the young boy and brings him above ground to safety.
The next morning, Beth brings the DNA results to Mick, who opens them in the car outside the Fordham’s home. As they drive away, Robert emerges from the house, holding a World War II era photo of his father… and Mick St. John.
“You in others – this is your soul. This is what you are. This is what your consciousness has breathed and lived on and enjoyed throughout your life – your soul, your immortality, your life in others. And what now? You have always been in others and you will remain in others.
And what does it matter to you if later on that is called your memory?
This will be you – the you that enters the future and becomes a part of it.”
― Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago