Patrick Jane's story picks up just moments after he kills a man in the middle of a crowded shopping mall. As the police escort him out, Jane is calm and collected - after all, he's finally ended the life of his nemesis Red John. Unfortunately, the evidence doesn't seem to bear out his claim. The gun he used to threaten Jane and the cell phone he used to talk with O'Laughlin are both missing. Further, it looks like the man Jane shot is a respected local businessman. With the entire CBI team suspended due to his actions, Jane must find a way out of jail and prove that the man he shot was indeed Red John.