Currently on leave, Patrick Gillard is considering whether to carry on in his hazardous job as "adviser" to the National Crime Agency when his father, the local rector, asks for his help.
A parishioner, Mrs Anne Peters, has paid him a visit, convinced that the wrong body was cremated at her late husband’s recent funeral. Patrick promises to investigate with the help of his wife and working partner, Ingrid Langley.
But when Mrs Peters' home is destroyed in a massive explosion, events take a sinister turn. Could there be a connection between the explosion and the death of the funeral director who organised her late husband’s cremation? Patrick and Ingrid are about to uncover some disturbing facts in their search for the truth.