Andy Tremont regains consciousness to find himself behind bars – the bars of an animal cage. Where is he and what possible motive can his captor have for imprisoning him? As his twin sister Laura becomes increasingly concerned for his welfare, she turns to the only person she thinks can help, Detective Dave Ellison. For the detective, the last thing he needs is a woman from his past reappearing, especially when his relationship with Scottish Detective Annie Macpherson is just starting to develop. Yet how can he refuse to help Laura, when her twin has gone missing on their birthday?
After being offered a liaison detective role with the prestigious regional squad, specialising in child sexual abuse, Annie is facing her own challenges. For her, the additional experience is a ‘not to be missed’ opportunity; the downside is spending time away from her Westford colleagues, especially when she only has weeks left of her placement in the USA.
What starts as duty for Dave, soon becomes complicated by old relationships and nobody is telling the team the full truth. As the detectives get further into investigating the disappearance, their inquiries become entangled with the regional squad’s work. But how far do the connections go? Are they just coincidences or something deeper? And if there’s no ransom demand, why do photos appear and why is another life put in jeopardy? Who is an innocent victim and who an accomplice?
The clues are in the past and in the past lies deception.