A man is found shot and raped outside a gay bar. When Benson and Stabler try to help the victim, he disappears from the hospital and won't cooperate with the investigation. It is later learned that the man stars in gay porn films to finance the medical bills of his daughter, who suffers with cystic fibrosis.
The murder of an animal control worker leads to a story that details the early warning signs of a serial killer. The initial subject is an extremely bright, disenfranchised youngster, known for his cruelty to animals. Though suspicion eventually turns elsewhere, the detectives are well aware that they will have a date with the warped teen at some point in the future.
Stabler rolls into action when his wife, Kathy, tells him her friend, a nurse, treated a 14-year rape victim who refused to report the crime. Betraying his wife's confidence, Stabler begins the search for the girl, co-opting Benson along the way. After angering Kathy, the nurse, and more importantly, their boss Cragen, they indeed find the girl...and uncover a disturbing teen sex club.