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 Landlord of The Luck in the World public house in Midsomer Mere throws John Ransom out of his bar. There is a scuffle and moments later Ransom is dead. Barnaby and Scott investigate and discover that Ransom's brother Max has been experimenting on him, testing for precognition, E.S.P. or second sight. But what was it that killed him? The fight, the tests, or something more sinister?