Mia Lorimer (guest star Clea Duvall) claims to have been raped in an attempt to hide being abused by her husband, Brett Lorimer (guest star Nathaniel Marston). Their tenants, Jonah (guest star Mike Farrell) and Linnie Malcolm (guest star Brenda Blethyn), are aware of the abuse, but in fear of being evicted, do not report it. With the help of Linnie, Detective Benson gets Mia to confess to the abuse and sends her to a battered women's shelter. After Brett is arrested and makes bail, Mia returns to her husband and drops all charges. Devoted to Mia's safety, Detective Benson hides in a secret stairway at the Lorimer house, leading her to come across another case of spousal abuse and murder.
Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is put to the test when pregnant Corporal Jessica Crewes disappears from her post as a Marine, and is about to give birth to her rapist's child. When Jessie is found dead in the trunk of her car, Navy Commander Grant Marcus (guest star Frank Whaley) attempts to take over proceedings, but Detective Benson and ADA Kim Greylek (Michaela McManus) must fight together and stand their ground to keep the case within the SVU squad.