A smartly dressed couple, looking entirely middle-class, has tried to abduct the wife of Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe. Not a woman to go gently into stange BMWs, Ellie Pascoe escapes. But the subsequent assault on a British matron close to the Pascoe home convinces Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel to look for criminals with a grudge against Peter. It's a logical response, but dead wrong.
Soon Ellie's past as an activist comes under scrutiny - by more than the Yorkshire coppers. Sitting before a computer in Britain's intelligence agency is someone with chilling information about her. And sent away for safekeeping, Ellie and her daughter, shepherded by Detective Shirley Novello, will find that a decaying seacoast mansion is no refuge, it's the eye of the storm, where the truth will finally come out... and a terrifying fight for their lives will begin.