A contractor is found dead on the steps of Collingwood Memorial after being attacked. Vera then discovers that the contractor recently testified as a key witness in a unhappy assault case, and wonders if the two things are connected.
DCI Vera Stanhope is called to the scene when the body of addiction support worker Angela Konan is found hidden among the bleak woodlands of Northumberland National Park. Vera and her team must peel back the layers of the introverted victim 's life to uncover her closely guarded secrets and surprising depths. as It appears an increasingly erratic Angela clashed with two clients in the week before she died.