Nothing is what it seems behind the well - trimmed hedges of the picturesque cottages in the idyllic English county of Midsomer. Beneath the tranquil surface of sleepy village life, there exists dark secrets, scandals and downright evil John Nettles stars as the humorous, thoughful and methodical Detective Chief Inspector Bamaby. There is a death at The Lodge of the Golden Windhorse. At the commune William Carter is found at the bottom of the stairs with a broken neck. The residents gather round the body and Barnaby and Troy are called in to find out if this was a simple accident or if there are more sinister goings on. A few days later Barnaby and Troy are called back to The Lodge, only this time there is no doubt.