When a New York fire fighter is found stabbed to death, the ensuing investigation and questioning launches Detectives Logan and Wheeler into a brawl with the fire department. Through flashbacks, the Detectives learn that the victim, fire fighter Ian Duffy, helped break up a hate crime but was subsequently found stabbed to death right afterwards. As they investigate Ian's past through his wife Claudia (guest star Nina Siemaszko) and colleague Brendan Keele (guest star Geoffrey Nauffts), the Detectives learn that Ian's sexuality may have cost him his life.
The Copeland brothers are nothing alike -- Adlai is a successful, true gentleman and their father Jules' favorite (guest star Rip Torn), while Ted is irresponsible and difficult. So when Detectives Goren and Eames find a poisoned Adlai with his wife still clinging to his corpse, they suspect it wasn't an accident. But when Ted also turns up dead after the Detectives find he forged documents, they begin to take a closer look inside the family.