A devastated Castle watches videos Alexis put on her blog page. One posting revealed that she and Sara were attending the lecture. The van that was used for the kidnapping is found with blood inside. Castle is coming unhinged as he waits for Lanie to determine if it’s a match for Alexis. Thankfully, it’s not. The blood didn’t come from Sara either. Both girls are alive and being held in a nondescript room. There’s a bathroom and a change of clothes. A tray of food is slip through an opening in the door. Whoever took them appears to be taking care of them. Alexis assures her friend that her dad is out there looking for them.
Douglas Stevens is identified as the van driver. The team tracks him down at his sister’s place where he’s recovering from a gunshot wound. The guy won’t answer Beckett’s questions, so Castle asks for some alone time. He explains that he’s not a cop. He’s a father who will do whatever it takes to find his daughter. Screams are heard from Douglas Stevens. A short time later, the team has info as to where the girls were taken. It’s an isolated farm 60 miles away.
Agent Harris and his team storm the place when they see surveillance cameras outside. Alexis and Sara are nowhere to be found. One of the abductors, Roger Hanson, is found dead inside the farmhouse. He’d been tortured. The fact that the kidnappers killed one of their hired guns makes this case a lot more complicated. Castle knows they are back to square one. Beckett reminds him that they’ve solved tough cases before with less to go on than they have now. It’s something her partner once told her.
Alexis manages to pick the lock on the door of the room where she’s being held. She and Sara split up to double their chances of escape. Alexis finds a phone in another room. Her 911 call doesn’t go through. She has one more option. Alexis uses her Skype account to call Castle. She has no idea where she is. Castle orders her to get out of the room when the kidnappers are heard in the distance. The agents who have set up shop in Castle’s loft trace the call. They’re confused to learn that it originated from a cell tower in France. A perplexed Alexis bursts outside to see that she’s in Paris. This is moments before the kidnappers recapture her.