Nothing is what it seems behind the well-trimmed hedges of the picturesque cottages in the idyllic English county of Midsommer. Beneath the tranquil surface of sleepy village life, there exists dark secrets, scandals and downright evil. John Nettles stars as the humorous, thoughtful and methodical Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby. A successful theatrical director, Simon Fletcher, arrives in Badger's Drift his head filled with disturbing childhood memories. Shortly after his arrival, Richard Bayly, a wealthy property developer is brutally murdered. Bayly, who has recently been diagnosed as having a brain tumour, was planning to redevelop a local estate in the village, much to the anger of the residents. Barnaby and Troy are called in to investigate.