Summer in Frantham had been long and lazy, and DI MacGregor had enjoyed the peace after a traumatic year.
In the Martin household at Peverill Lodge, change is afoot. Tim is now engaged and preparing to move out, an event Rina views with mixed feelings. And there is news of the revival of her television career. But nothing stays peaceful for long.
Old enemies have returned, the skeletal remains of a woman are found during excavations at the local airfield and then a man is murdered outside a local pub just a few miles away from Frantham. Storm clouds are gathering, and Rina, Mac and their friends are about to be swept up into the maelstrom.