Gabrielle, daughter of a brilliant and charismatic local businessman, thinks she's losing her mind.
Recovering from a nervous breakdown triggered by her father's death and the loss of her unborn child, her sanity is pushed to the brink when she starts suffering memory lapses.
Knowing that the other major shareholder of her father's business is looking for any excuse to squeeze her out, Gabrielle can't trust anyone. When a man's body is found in dilapidated cottage, DCI Kelso Strang is drafted in from Edinburgh to take charge of the investigation.
Still grieving the loss of his wife, battle-scarred Strang finds himself burdened with an over-eager detective constable and a lazy, obtuse detective sergeant.
With inadequate resources at his fingertips, and his boss breathing down his neck to wrap up the case quickly and without embarrassment to the force, Strang must pick his way through the minefield of the local relationships and resentments of the sleepy village community.
But will he be able to put this case to rest before more lives are destroyed?