Strange coincidences entangle Richard Ross in a crime he did not commit and draw him deeper and deeper into unethical international dealings he had desperately tried to avoid. Is Athol Cosgrove, Richard's shady business associate, manipulating the events that make Richard's life miserable? And if not, who is? These questions, and others, become more urgent as rising tension leads to violence and murder.
Rickie Alleyn had come to the island to write, but village life was tedious - until he found a dead stablehand. It might have ended there had Rickie not noticed some strange and puzzling things. Rickie's father, Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn, is called in to investigate.