Drowning in debt and facing almost certain bankruptcy, John Darwin did the unthinkable -- he paddled out to sea in his red canoe and disappeared. After a massive search and rescue operation failed to find his body, he was assumed dead, lost in the bleak North Sea. But everything was far from what it seemed. Nearly six years later, after John miraculously returned from the dead with a strange tale of 'amnesia' and sporting a suspicious golden tan, the police and the Press were desperate to discover the truth behind his remarkable resurrection. Journalist David Leigh was despatched to Panama, where he tracked down John's wife, Anne, who had started a secretive new life with the insurance money claimed from her husband's 'death'. But what lay behind her decision to move thousands of miles away from her family and friends? The truth would gradually unravel during an astonishing week of jaw-dropping revelations.