In 2012, Niko Jovic, one of the top scientists, is killed by a Tesla coil soon after rediscovering wireless energy. Victor hires Nancy to investigate, pushing her to focus on Ryan Kilpatrick, the technical engineer who built the coil that killed Niko. Also employed at the facility are Gray Cortright, the gruff, unfriendly security guard, and research assistants Mason Quinto and Ellie York, both of whom apparently detest each other.
Nancy eventually discovers that Victor killed Niko because he did not want Niko to give away such valuable wireless energy research; he instead wanted to sell it and receive a huge profit. He had spoken with Deirdre Shannon, who said some very unflattering things about Nancy's skills, and decided to hire the sleuth in the hopes that she would get Ryan arrested quickly and thus end the investigation.
- George gets an internship at the Technology of Tomorrow Today laboratory in 2013, as mentioned in Ghost of Thornton Hall.