Kira Connal is a WPC working for the Bristol Police force. She's used to coming up against members of the local crime fraternity - from petty thieves, local dealers to small-time thugs. But when local businessman Oliver Stroud is reported missing, Kira gets the sense that his disappearance is a little different. His wife Hannah and daughter Lucy seem convinced that Oliver is a decent man, incapable of real deceit and even less so of desertion. Yet when Kira starts to investigate, she can find no trace of Oliver's life before 1993. It's as though before that, he never existed.