Business has been slow for Monk and Natalie at their new detective agency, causing Monk to antagonize their neighbors, a printing shop run by a pair of old hippies. In fact, the detectives only see Stottlemeyer at the funeral for their old friend, Judge Oberlin, who seems to have died of a heart attack. Monk examines the body in the casket, in true Monk fashion, and finds signs of poison. He stops the body from going into the ground during the ceremony and is quickly proved right. Judge Oberlin was murdered. A few days later, Monk finds evidence of an intruder in the judge's house. When he finds the same evidence at Stottlemeyer's house, everyone goes on alert--including Sottlemeyer's new lietenant, much to Monk's chagrin. Natalie knows that Monk is hard to work with, but on top of that, even all the leads the team dig up seem to go nowhere. With the pressure of a friend in trouble and an enemy close, can Monk & Teeger, Consulting Dectives trace the poison back to the culprit--before the culprit gets to their friend?