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 villagers of Midsomer are soaking up the sun at the Midsomer Regatta. However, the tranquility of the race is shattered when the Veteran's race is interrupted by a body in the water. It is Guy Sweetman, Chairman of Midsomer Rowing Club who has been knocked unconscious and drowned. Guy was a serial philanderer who 'didn't so much play the field as the entire countryside!' Was he murdered by a jealous husband or angry ex-girlfriend or was there a more sinister motive? Barnaby and Scott take to the water to unravel the mystery.