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At the center of the story is Michael Westen, a secret agent who receives is no more considered reliable by his employers and is told to retire from providing any more service. The series gets its name from here; a termination – in the spy world – is called a burn notice. Obviously, we see a troubled, heart broken Michael on the pursuit of finding out the people who issued him his burn notice. He takes up the identity of a private investigator, which we see in the second season of the series.