Reno's comatose fiancée Val is finally pronounced dead and taken off of life support. Lieutenant Dutch Dixon receives this information before anybody else does, and keeps it from leaking into the media. Dixon and his corrupt police force use this as an opportunity to set a trap to bait Reno out into the open, creating a false media story that Val has regained consciousness. Although reluctant and suspicious as first, Reno feels he has no choice but to check out the story, and ends up getting arrested, falling right into their trap. Dixon goes as far as to plan an elaborate jail house execution of Reno, but he is able to thwart this scheme with the help of some friends.