A lonely recluse. A missing girl and a community in fear.When the body of a young local girl is found next to an isolated lake, the main suspect is the old recluse who has lived next to the lake for many years -- especially when the young girl's purse is found on the old man's doorstep. But DCI Emma Gardner and her partner DI Paul Riddick aren't so sure. Why would the old hermit leave such an obvious clue? And who would want to set the old man up?As they dig deeper into the murder they discover a community in fear, determined to keep hold of long buried secrets. And Riddick is convinced that his own dark past is somehow linked to this crime, too.Gardner fears that she may never get the answers she needs, until a break leads her down a path she'd rather not face. One that runs directly to her own front door.