Puppeteer, children's entertainer, owner of a model agency, TV talk show panelist, luxury accommodation owner, entrepreneur: storyteller Leonie Mateer has lived a full and diverse life. Born and raised in New Zealand, Mateer moved to the United States in her 30s to pursue business opportunities. She returned to New Zealand for several years in the 2000s, running a luxury lodge in Northland - which has been an inspiration for her crime series - and now splits her time between Northland and the United States.
Audrey continues to operate her rural cabin resort in the far north of New Zealand.
A true crime writer, Poppy Perkins, checks into Audrey's resort to research her latest true crime thriller based on the spree of murders that have taken place in the small rural town.
When she finds proof Audrey is behind the murders, Poppy is determined to convince the local police they have a serial killer on their hands. Audrey is aware of Poppy's suspicions but is preoccupied with helping her new neighbor, a mail-order bride, get free of her abusive fiancé in the only way she knows how.
Audrey realizes too late Poppy's murder trap has her caught.