Nothing is as 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 exist dark secrets, scandals and downright evil. John Nettles stars as the humorous, thoughtful and methodical Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby. Barnaby and Jones are participating in a team building exercise at a local Territorial Army centre when there is a huge explosion at the premises of Parkes Freight. James Parkes, a local womaniser and partner in Parkes Freight, appears to be the target. When Barnaby and Jones investigate they uncover much more than a disgruntled ex.