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. The body of criminal Ronnie Stokes is found in the middle of a crop circle in Midsomer Parva with his hands burnt, puncture wounds in his back and a chunk of his hair missing. Lloyd Kirby, the local Ufologist, believes that it is the work of extra-terrestrials, however Barnaby and Troy are not convinced by his theory. When the body of a second crintinal is found in similar circumstances the detectives set out to find what links the murders and who could be perpetrating the crimes.