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Leo Stone is a killer who was convicted of the murder of two women. When the verdict is overturned on a technicality, the defence team, led by charismatic Seth Taylor, go all out to discredit the evidence the police have. The case against Stone is not as strong as it could be, and Maeve Kerrigan and senior officer Josh Derwent are charged with re-investigating the murders.
Before too long, they are at loggerheads. Maeve is convinced there is a third victim of the Leo Stone murders, Rachel Healy. She wasn't included in the original charges as her body was never found, and little if any evidence existed to link Stone to this killing.
Derwent rejects the idea of a link and thinks they will be wasting their time if they try to investigate it. Their boss, Una Burt, takes the opportunity to split up the Derwent/Kerrigan team and leaves Maeve to investigate the cold case of the missing Rachel Healy on her own. As Maeve does so, she begins to doubt the original case. Was Stone guilty of the crimes for which he was convicted? The family of one of his victims certainly believes he is innocent, and Stone's son, Kelly Lambert is campaigning hard to have his father released. Maeve finds herself drawn to Stone's solicitor, Seth Taylor, and also sympathetic towards Kelly, Stone's son. Could the police have got the original investigation so wrong, or are her personal sympathies getting in the way of her judgement? As more bodies turn up, the team realise they have stumbled onto something much bigger than they realised. Then another woman goes missing.