This is the backdoor pilot for the series that was also aired as Bones E06E19. The remains of a maritime museum security guard are found in the Florida Everglades after an attempt to steal an obsolete 17th century nautical chart fragment used to find treasures. In order to solve the crime, Booth seeks out Walter Sherman, a former Iraqi soldier with an uncanny gift to unearth anyone and anything. With Sherman's help, as well as that of his colleague, Ike Latulippe, and his legal advisor, Leo Knox, the team is led to tattoo artist who points them in the direction of a tough young woman. But when the woman is found murdered with remnants of the map lodged in her remains, the team discovers centuries of history linked to the map and the suspect behind the crimes. Meanwhile, Brennan puts Sherman's remarkable skill to the test, and Booth harbors cold feelings toward his former military comrade.
A former prison warden enlists the help of Walter to find a bullet that could prove the innocence of a death row inmate just days before his execution. Meanwhile, FBI psychologist - and Jeffersonian team member - Dr. Lance Sweets evaluates Walter's competency to consult on federal cases. In the process, Sweets begins to understand Walter's intangible gift and motivation to find the unfindable. Also, Willa attends a beach party and gets herself into trouble.
A NASA scientist seeks Walter's help to find the matching pair of a red stiletto left behind by a woman he met at a bar. Walter uses the stiletto as the first clue to finding the missing woman but in the process he uncovers her shocking secret that winds up putting his own life in danger. Meanwhile, Willa exposes Leo's dark family secret, but when she tries to make amends with him, she gets herself into even more legal trouble.
When new tracks are leaked from late rapper J-Stryke, music mogul Big Glade and his business savvy lawyer, Leo's former love interest, ask Walter to find the source of the illegally released music. As Walter pieces together the events that led to J-Stryke's death, he uncovers a more complicated history.
Isabel’s friend Joyce asks Walter to find the men who murdered her father, a racetrack aficionado. With the help of some horse-whispering, Walter discovers links to an inheritance Joyce was supposed to receive from her father, and to some mysterious men at the track whom Walter suspects are involved in her father’s death.
When Langston, Walter's older brother comes to town, he asks Walter to go see their dying father whose last wish is for Walter to find his first love... Walter and Langston's mother. Additionally, a stolen painting he had previously found for a museum turns out to be fake, so now Walter must either find the original or return his finder's fee. Meanwhile, Willa struggles with her upcoming marriage to Timo, which is now only one week away.