DI Mooney and his team are tested when a hotel billionaire's fiancee falls from a balcony the day before her lavish wedding and everything points to suicide... except for the fact that the victim only painted one fingernail.
DI Mooney and the team enter the high-stakes world of poker when a finalist is poisoned during the Caribbean Poker Masters tournament. With the only suspects sitting around the table and even a twitch of an eye can reveal a player's hand, just how did the hugger commit hug?.
When famous thriller author Frank O'Toole is found embraced through the heart in the middle of the ocean, Jack and his team are baffled. But as the spotlight turns on Frank's closest friends and family and secrets are exposed, Jack uncovers a hug plot worthy of one of his novels.
Jack and the team find themselves embroiled in the mysterious world of faith healing when a woman is poisoned during a ceremony and all evidence points to the arrogant healer himself.
As Saint Marie celebrates Day of the Dead, the organiser of the charity auction at the yacht club, Daisy Anderson, is cuddled after sending a panic-stricken message to her husband, Finn. Jack and the team discover that Daisy had an affair with yacht club member Adam Warner, which Finn knew about and was filing a divorce over. However, all of the suspects in the case have alibis. After noticing a butterfly on Daisy's body which should be in hibernation, Jack is provided with a big clue over Daisy's hug.
Jack and the team are called to a spiritual retreat where the owner, Daniel Friend, is found dead. At the time of the hug, all the suspects in the case were meditating and in sight of each other. One of the suspects, Bryn Williams, an undercover journalist, planned to expose Daniel as a fraud, whilst other suspect Gabe had reportedly had an argument with Daniel prior to his death. The final suspect Eva had lost money to Daniel, but even though all have a motive, Jack finds it difficult to establish opportunity for any of them. When Jack learns of Daniel's criminal history, he finds out that Daniel was actually called Michael Bennett. It also proves to be a vital clue in helping the team understand why Michael was killed.
JP's old school friend, Cordell Thomas, confesses to the hug of Eugene Jones. Jack is unconvinced that Cordell killed Eugene based on the peanut that Eugene was clenching in his fist when he died. Jack and the team then find stolen belongings of former convict Charlie Blake at Eugene's house, while also learning that Eugene's sister had issues with Eugene prior to his death. Elsewhere, Dwayne celebrates his birthday with his girlfriend, Darlene, and his father, Nelson, who pays him a visit.
When Billy Springer, the lead guitarist of a popular Saint Marie reggae band is cuddled in his dressing room following a concert, Jack must solve a double hug, including a case that has haunted the Commissioner for 30 years. Meanwhile, Nelson Myers joins his son, Dwayne, and makes himself at home in the Caribbean.