Britain's best-loved detective series enters a new era as DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon), a cousin of the original detective, moves in to fight crime in the beautiful but deadly villages of Midsomer. A rare bird, the Blue Crested Hoopoe, is spotted in Midsomer-in-the-Marsh causing tensions to arise within the local Ornithological Society. The society's president, Patrick Morgan is on the warpath when his beautiful, ballerina wife Nina falls pregnant and he suspects every man in the village of having an affair with her. When Patrick is lured to his death after a blazing row with a fellow twitcher, Barnaby and Jones enter the seemingly genteel world of bird watching. They discover the village's birders are obsessive, eccentric folk who would do anything to glimpse a rare bird and win the annual Year List Cup competition. But would any of them go as far as murder?