Shawn and Gus find themselves caught between two rival Chinese Triad gangs as they search for a powerful businessman's abducted daughter.
Shawn and Gus are in the middle of arguing over who will fire their freshly hired office assistant, Ken. Shawn and Gus thought they would have a heavier caseload ever since Henry was hired back at SBPD, but sadly, that didnít end up being true, so as a result Ken had to go.
During a parade in Santa Barbaraís Chinatown, an important man named Mr. Arthur Chiang is being interviewed by the media when suddenly, a lone ninja dressed all in black somersaults into the festivities unnoticed. He then sneaks up behind Chiangís daughter and before everyone knows it, she's gone.
Back at SBPD, Mr. Chiang is in the Chief's office just as Shawn and Gus arrive hoping to get in on the kidnapping case. The Chief reminds Shawn that she never called him, but he protests: "the case called him." As usual, Shawn talks his way onto the case, and shortly thereafter they leave to go investigate the kidnapped girl's apartment. Shawn theorizes that the victim is hiding something. He then finds a hidden compartment in her desk containing a necklace. Instead of taking this piece of evidence straight to Lassie like they are supposed to, Shawn and Gus take it to Juliet who has since taken a desk job at City Hall to take time to heal from post traumatic stress the Yin/Yang case brought on.
Juliet is hesitant to help, but canít refuse once Shawn peaks her interest. She tells the guys that the evidence they found in the daughterís apartment is a Hong Kong 50-cent piece from the 1978 dynastyÖ and it's counterfeit. Just then, Shawn and Gus catch Lassie coming into City Hall. Shawn shares the information about the 50-cent piece with Lassiter and immediately thereafter, Lassie postures that this could have something to do with Triads being involved and mentions two rival Triad gangs: the Dragon Triads and the Golden Triads. He warns Shawn and Gus to stay far away from the Triads, as they are extremely dangerous.
But as always, Shawn and Gus donít listen to Lassiterís warning and immediately go to their former assistant Ken, who happens to be Asian, to get more information. At Ken's house, Shawn draws a symbol he saw that may be a clue. Ken tells Shawn that he likely saw the symbol spray painted on the outside of a certain martial arts studio.