The year is 1864 and Detective Inspector Faro's idyllic life has been shattered by the escape of convicted murderer John McLaw. With countless dead end sightings of the killer and further criminal activity, Faro realises that this case is far more complicated than he had first assumed. When the disappearance of a maid comes to light, Faro begins to think there could be a link between her disappearance and the murder of Annie McLaw. His determination to unearth the truth becomes personal and in a race against time to solve the anonymities of the case, he takes matters into his own hands.
The body of an unknown woman is found and it is labeled as a random act of violence, until that is Detective Constable Faro finds a playing card, the nine of diamonds, underneath the corpse. While his superiors scoff at his suspicions, it is not the last calling card for Faro.