Detective Joona Linna is captivated by the triple homicide of a family. The only surviving witness is the boy whose family was slaughtered. He has suffered over one hundred knife wounds and lapsed into shock. Desperate for information, Linna enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to hypnotise the boy, unleashing a long and terrifying chain of events.
Teddy Bentley, zookeeper at the Gunn Zoo, takes the zoo's llama to a Renaissance fair in the Monterey Bay area and discovers the body of the Reverend Victor Emerson. A close look reveals a crossbow dart in the man's back. The investigation reveals that the Reverend was an escaped convict, and Teddy's mother becomes the chief murder suspect.