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 annual Flower and Orchid Show at Malham Manor is a gentle village affair, with DCI Barnaby manning the Tombola. Simmering underneath this charming scene bubbles intense tension and rivalry between the orchidaceous horticulturalists. When two Orchid Society members are found dead Barnaby realises how vicious the competition is for these beautiful, expensive and rare plants. Together with Sergeant Scott he sets about solving the crimes.