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 quiet of Midsomer Worthy is shattered by the suicide of Martin Wroath. A gambler, drinker and depressive, the complex nature of his death attracts Barnaby's attention. Wroath had received treatment from the local psychiatric hospital under the supervision of Dr Jane Moore. The Doctor is a widow who juggles her career with being a mother to her three children. Her 'Care in the Community' approach does not meet with the approval of many of the villagers.