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 Smythe-Websters are a rich family whose wealth and power dominate the two local villages of Upper and Lower Warden Manor. The Head of the Manor's nephew, Larry, is killed in an explosion which appears to be related to the recent making of a horror movie based on the village's history. Larry's Uncle was producing the film and sees the death as good publicity. Barnaby and Troy begin to wonder just how far the Smythe-Websters would go for more money and power?