At the home of John Rutka and Eddie Santin, Rutka is apparently shot. Later, private investigator Donald Strachey arrives at a hospital to meet with a client. While there, he sees his partner, Tim Callahan, who is escorting his boss, a prominent New York State Senate who is there for a photo op with the comatose Bishop (Catholic Church) McFee. Santin reveals that the client is Rutka, who Strachey despises for his activities outing prominent local closeted homophobes. Strachey initially declines the assignment, but later accepts after Rutka is attacked and offers a large retainer.