The murder of a woman in a remote Gloucestershire hamlet turns out to be anything but a straight forward case for Detective Chief Inspector Guy Ransome. On secondment from Scotland Yard, Ransome finds himself with a very difficult case. The investigation pulls in the Security Services. Why was the victim placed in a pose after death? Who was the object of the message? Is there a hidden agenda here? Being such a small Constabulary will Special Branch take over the case?