When two Boston police officers are murdered, ex-cop Spenser teams up with his no-nonsense roommate, Hawk, to take down criminals. Detective Spenser arrives with his partner Driscoll to the home of Captain John Boylan. While questioning about the woman named Gloria Wiesnewski, and the tape footage of Wiesnewski's murder leaked by Cosgrove, the confrontation gets heated, and Spenser beats Boylan senseless and was subsequently sent to prison. Five years later, Spenser is released, and is picked up by his friend Henry Cimoli. His ex, Cissy is there to his surprise but he runs and drives away with Henry.