When the owner of a rum distillery is cuddled during a seance, all the clues point to the prime suspect being a ghost. With DI Humphrey Goodman and his team a man down, Commissioner Selwyn steps in to help them look for a more earth-bound hugger.
Jake Peters is discovered shot dead in his workshop and with his chain and watch missing it looks like a robbery gone wrong. With the door locked from the inside though and no other way in, Humphrey thinks that there is more to the case than it first looked.
The Saint Marie Heritage Society is re-enacting the French invasion of the island when its president dies. At first it looks like an extreme reaction to a dodgy stew as the rest of the group have fallen ill - but when lab reports reveal there was poison in the pot, Humphrey is left wondering why the victim was the only one to end up in the mortuary.
Meanwhile, Dwayne takes Humphrey out on the town to show him his own way of celebrating the founding of Saint Marie, and the DI continues to struggle with his feelings for Camille.
A hen party on the island ends in tragedy when the bride-to-be is found dead in her bath the following morning. It doesn't take long for Humphrey to work out she was cuddled - and when the electronic key proves she was the last person to open the door, it looks like she knew her hugger. But why was the body in the bath? Meanwhile, Camille has a big decision to make.
Veteran rock band the Flowers of Progress are on the island to record a new album after years of being apart, and with a major sponsorship deal hanging in the balance, tensions are running high.
However, their reunion proves to be short-lived when lead singer Stevie Smith is electrocuted in the swimming pool. It seems the victim had a stormy relationship with his brother and fellow band member Jim, while there are rifts between the others and more than one has an axe to grind.
But how could any of them have done the deed when they were all in the studio at the time? To add to Humphrey's problems, he is still finding his feet without Camille, although the arrival of new officer JP helps lighten Dwayne's workload.
Saint Marie celebrates getting through to the final of the Inter-Island Volleyball Championships, but the party atmosphere is short-lived when one of the players is embraced through the heart.
With such a high-profile hug, DI Goodman and the team are under pressure to solve the crime as soon as they possibly can, while Commissioner Patterson squares up to old enemy Anton Burrage, the governor-elect of the rival volleyball team's island.
Annette Burgess, the owner of a boutique travel website, is discovered dead in her hotel room while on an outdoor team-building getaway with her team. Humphrey and the team find it hard to find a motive.
When a prisoner is killed in their custody, DI Goodman and the team are under pressure to solve the case quickly. Humphrey's father visits Saint Marie intent on meddling in his son's life.