Don Matteo misses Cecchini, who, along with Tommasi and all the others, has been transferred to Spoleto. In fact, even the officers have suffered the effects of the Spending Review when the police station in Gubbio was closed and integrated into the one in Spoleto.
While the officers investigate the murder of a cash-for-gold shop owner, Don Matteo finds himself without his beloved bicycle. Meanwhile, Natalina continues dating Aldo, but she isn’t in the best of health.
The doctor Natalina wanted to go to is found dead in his office. Meanwhile, her health worsens and she is admitted to the hospital, where we find out she has been poisoned. While, Don Matteo tries to save her, Captain Tommasi receives an enticing proposal for a position in Rome and begins seriously thinking about moving to the Eternal City.