One foggy night, Deborah Harrison is found lying in the churchyard behind St Mary's, Eastvale. She has been strangled with the strap of her own school satchel.
But Deborah was no typical 16-year-old. Her father was a powerful financier who moved in the highest echelons of industry, defence, and classified information. And Deborah, it seemed, enjoyed keeping secrets of her own.
With his colleague, Detective Constable Susan Gay, Inspector Alan Banks considers the many suspects, guilty of crimes large and small. And as he does so, plenty of sordid secrets and some deadly lies begin to emerge.