Barbara Havers puts her career on the line while DI Thomas Lynley attempts to straighten her out before it’s too late.
When Hadiyyah Upman is taken from London by her mother, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is as devastated as the girl’s father. They are her close friends and neighbours, but since the mother has taken the child, nothing can be done. Five months later Hadiyyah is kidnapped in Italy triggering an investigation. Barbara cleverly manipulates the London tabloids forcing New Scotland Yard to investigate. But her plan doesn’t quite work as she is not assigned to the case, but rather her superior officer DI Thomas Lynley. The situation is delicate with racial issues, language barriers and an Italian magistrate’s determination to find someone responsible for the crime.