In the gated community of Vista Verde, Washington, teenager Josh Comstock is abducted while out driving his motorcycle. The next morning his mother finds another boy's dead body in his bed. So begins a strange case in which the Millennium Group is called in.
- Batman Gambit: Frank attempts one in telling a town meeting that the killer "doesn't want anything, he's insane," while knowing that the killer actually has a clear if twisted goal. When another abduction happens he feels guilty for having caused it, but Cheryl points out that it's too contrived not to have been planned ahead of time.
- Stepford Suburbia
- Stun Guns: How Josh Comstock and others are subdued.
- Town with a Dark Secret: Arguably an Invoked Trope by the kidnapper/murderer, although certainly several individuals and families had skeletons in the closet already.