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. It is Christmas in Midsomer and a shot rings out from the Villier's home, Draycott House. Nine years later the entire family reunites again at the house. Meanwhile DCI Barnaby heads home for Christmas - but things have a habit of happening around the season of goodwill. The Villiers family return home from church, Aunt Lydia gets locked in the garage and the engine of the car starts itself. Lydia is rescued in the nick of time, however, later that evening she has an unfortunate fall down the stairs. The two detectives take a break from the Christmas festivities to investigate.