To the casual observer, Patrick Jane is an investigative consultant for the FBI. His closer friends would describe him differently: con-man, manipulator, a Mentalist. Growing up in the carnival, Jane learned the arts of cold-reading and the long con. He made a name and fortune for himself passing-off his mentalism skills as psychic gifts. But those "gifts" cost him dearly. Because of his reputation as a psychic, the Los Angeles police worked with Jane in their investigation of the notorious serial killer Red John. One morning, Jane appeared live on a morning talk show and blithely insulted Red John. For that insult, Red John murdered Jane's wife and young daughter.
Deeply hurt and driven by revenge, Jane vowed to use his mentalism skills to catch Red John. He needed help. So Jane joined the CBI as a consultant and was assigned to Senior CBI Agent Teresa Lisbon's team. He helped them close cases and they helped him hunt Red John. Over the years, they became Jane's new family and he began to see a future after his family's death. Unfortunately, the cost of avenging Jane's family and finally killing Red John was too great. In the process, the CBI was dismantled, Jane was forced to flee the country, and his new family scattered all over.
Two years later, Jane returned to the States at the request of the FBI. They wanted him to help them just like he had helped the CBI. Jane is still solving crimes, but it is with a new team in a new town Austin, Texas. And though Jane works for the FBI, he came back for Teresa Lisbon, his family. The final chapter of Jane's life has begun.