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. Troy and PC Sarah Pearce are in Midsomer Magna investigating a wildlife crime while Barnaby follows up on the discovery of the car and body of Julian Shepherd in the river. Elsewhere Mallory Edmonton is keeping her husband Charles, who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease, sedated and under lock and key in the attic. It transpires that Julian had money worries after investing in Charles Edmonton's secret invention. Charles dies the two detectives must act fast if they are to uncover what really happened.