Who killed Essie Smith? Her body is discovered by Harry Lanier out walking with Lars Erikssen, a tour guide and part-time policeman. This starts a train of events that turns a dream holiday into a nightmare for Harry.
Vatsaaq, in remote East Greenland, is cut-off by the weather and Lars undertakes the preliminary investigation, assisted by Harry. Initially, signs point to a local man. Soon things take on a different light. Harry's own memory of the crucial time is lost in an alcoholic blur. Is he in the clear himself?