The victims are young, beautiful women, their bodies left posed like mannequins in public places. The first is painted bronze, the next silver... who is the gold for? And what is the significance of the words Easeful Death, from a poem by Keats, that appear hand painted on the bodies of the victims?
Detective Sergeant Stevie Hooper, young, hard-edged and newly seconded to the Serious Crime Squad in Perth, is getting disturbing flashbacks as the Poser case unfolds. It's a race to get inside the mind of the killer and something is not quite right about James De Vakey, the expert criminal profiler who is flown in to help on the case.
Trying to sort out her own tangled life, and looking out for her boss Monty who is the target of a web of police corruption, Stevie finds the carefully drawn line between professional and personal increasingly blurred till she doesn't know who can be trusted.