The deputy head teacher of a Glasgow inner city school, Paul Tanner, has been murdered!
Kate Farnham, a colleague, discovers him dead in his Clydeside flat―he has been shot through the head. The Chief Inspector, Dan O'Donnovan, investigating the homicide, is determined to leave no stone unturned. He can be ruthlessly incisive when dealing with suspects.
When Kate leaves Glasgow to live in her grandfather's farmhouse in Switzerland, a maelstrom of crime and violence follow her. Old friends visit and new friendships are forged, but the shadow of Paul Tanner and who murdered him, seems to haunt her. Though Kate's involvement with the victim was limited, she now finds herself drawn deeper into the whole mystery surrounding Tanner's demise.
Kate's friendship with her leaseholder, Marcus Fallini, grows, but furthering the relationship has it own set of problems. She has old-fashioned values which are deep-rooted. Fallini is quirky and amusing, and ultimately, fascinating. But can she trust him? She is searching for love but fears it might be a long lost ideal.
Suspect or target? That is the question which dominates O'Donnovan's thinking about Kate, when he visits the alpine village of Alpnachstad to liaise with his Swiss counterpart, Claude DuCharis.
Nothing seems straightforward amidst the confusing evidence which emerges. Tensions heighten as, a ruthless criminal gang, finally seeks to eliminate all potential threats to its existence.