When a fisherman reels in a severed hand from a river, retired police officer Bob Shaw finds himself embroiled in an investigation to find a serial killer. The tranquility of the rural village of Maiden Meade is shattered. The body count rises and evidence is uncovered which incriminates the local priest Father Deane. Bob is not convinced of his guilt and together with Georgina and Grace Worthington and a pagan witch called Vivien he tries to discover the truth. In doing so they put their lives at risk and uncover a cunning and fanatical killer who is driven by revenge.
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