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, exist dark secrets, scandals an downright evil. John Nettles stars as the humorous, thoughtful and methodical Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby. The beautiful young Brazilian, Carla Constanza is the face of 'Carla' cigarettes. 'Carla' is a very popular brand of South American cigarettes in which Monarch Tobacco, a company based in Midsomer Worthy, has a significant stake. When the body of a young Brazilian woman is found in Raven's Wood, strangled with a striped neck tie. Barnaby and Troy are called in to solve the crime.