Tom and Sam's world is turned upside down when news of a shocking crime breaks. Years previously Tom investigated a series of abductions perpetrated by an assailant known as 'The Crow', who took wives away from their husbands as they helplessly watched.
When ex-police officer Tom hears news of the abduction of Julie Delaney he leaves his partner Sam and their beautiful coastal home and heads straight to the crime scene.
After a frosty reception from DI Vedder Tom sees DCI Jane Burr and tries to convince her that the Crow, a notorious killer, is back and that John Channing the partner of the missing woman is in danger.
The search for Julie Delaney intensifies. But Tom and Sam have to deal with a restless John Channing and an emotional Dani. Tom and Sam are surprised that John seems to be continuing to run his business under such intense, traumatic circumstances. However, it's when John steals away to meet a dubious associate in a car park that Tom really begins to worry. It also becomes clear that Dani is incredibly wary of her mother's boyfriend. Soon Tom and Sam fear that John may somehow be involved in Julie's disappearance. Meanwhile, Tom's former boss Elizabeth Ellroy turns up looking for answers. She clearly doesn't want Tom around the case. And Vedder is no different. Sam is left wondering what the real reasons Tom left the Police force were. He's keeping tight-lipped but Sam knows Tom is hiding something from her. Something big.