DCI Andrew Fenwick is on a case, which aims to expose a powerful pedophile ring. Moreover 11 year-old Sam Bowyers is missing, and every second counts. Meanwhile Inspector Nightingale is investigating the death of a con man who pulled a knife on a policeman, and was shot by Major Maidment. But were his actions as heroic as they seem?
It is1854. War is imminent as the Western powers quarrel with Russia over the crumbling Ottoman Empire. Wanting to prove himself to his father, Official Tony Morgan is keen to set sail. The Morgan's chambermaid, Mary, whom Tony loves, has wed another officer and will accompany the regiment to the front as a nurse. Eager to prove himself a worthy leader, he finds himself shaken by the brutality of war. With his romantic longings for Mary revived, Tony faces dire conflict on the battlefield and off.
1910 and Corley Roper, an eminent children's author mourns the death of his young daughter. Estranged from his wife, and wracked by grief, he happens one night upon Mary Wilson's, a woman mourning the stillbirth of her son.