A charred corpse is found in a metal shed that was set aflame. The shed – actually a fortified bunker – was filled with ammo, and the victim is wearing a fire-resistant vest. However, the vest wasn't bulletproof – the victim was shot before she was engulfed in flames.
A headless corpse is found in a field after it is accidentally run over by a tractor. The head is found by the Jeffersonian's new squintern, the brilliant Oliver Wells, whose enthusiasm for his job often leads him to overlook common sense, and whose intellect often causes him to behave arrogantly.