Investigating bizarre murders in which the victims' eyes are ceremoniously gouged out, the Legacy members note the similarity to murders committed five years earlier by Raymond Corvus, currently on Death Row at San Quentin. They further discover that all the victims were in some way involved in Corvus' trial.
Following Jennifer Hollybrook's funeral, her fiancé, Jeffery Sandor, tells Alex he'd like to help with the investigation. After she leaves, Sandor approaches Father Norman, the priest who gave Corvus his Last Rites. When Sandor defends Corvus' actions, the priest becomes scared and runs off.
Derek and Kristin head to a small town to investigate several mysterious deaths by strangulation. They learn that in 1954, Mary Dunworth was lynched by unknown persons who pulled her from her jail cell as she awaited trial for allegedly setting fire to the home of Robert Clay, the fiancé who reportedly jilted her, and members of his family.
Franklin Cross begins his takeover of the Legacy House. The team are not sure what is going on, where Derek is or whether or not to trust Cross. The investigations into Reed Horton continue while the team try to find out what has happened to Derek themselves.
Excavations in Boston unintentionally releases Dr. Mordecai Church from his long imprisonment. Intent upon starting his own 'religion,' Church recruits runaways as his congregation and soon joins forces with Reed Horton.
With Mordecai Church as his ally, Horton has split The Legacy apart and plans to finish of the rest of the team. It is left to Derek and Nick to persuade Father Callaghan to rejoin their fight and save The Legacy from destruction.