Booth and Brennan are called in when a state police training exercise uncovers the remains of a murder victim. A sketchbook found on the victim leads the team to identify him as Jim Stegman, a drifter father recently reunited with his inventor son, but later x-ray evidence disproves this, pointing to a con man pretending to be Stegman.
Meanwhile, a state police colonel (Joseph C. Phillips) would like Booth not to give the press the small detail of how the remains were found. Booth refuses, but later, when Booth's naval officer brother Jared (Brendan Fehr) is pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, Booth trades credit for his role in a far-ranging RICO case to get Jared off the hook.
The chemistry between Boreanaz and Fehr is good, and this week saw the return of Clark Edison (Eugene Byrd), the intern I would like hired permanently. I do think the series in general goes a bit overboard talking up Booth as the classic hero. In this episode, his sacrifice would have more impact without Brennan's glowing speech at the end.