""...I am sure Theorin will become a leader of the new wave of Scandinavian crime fiction hitting our book stores..." "
Per Morner is living in his cottage inherited from an uncle on the Swedish island of Oland and preparing for his children to visit for their holidays. The cottage is in a beautiful position, next to an abandoned quarry where Per used to play as a child. His daughter is in hospital for tests for an unexplained illness. When his father, Jerry, calls him asking for help Per rushes to Jerry's studio in the mainland woods where he finds Jerry injured in a blazing building. Two more bodies are found in the building.
Jerry abandoned his family years ago to pursue a career in pornography. He retains the power to shock and embarrass Jerry's friends. At the heart of the mystery is Jerry and when he dies after a road accident Per is left to pursue the killer, particularly as he feels threatened. His neighbours on the island are an assorted bunch and their histories intertwine with that of Per and Jerry.