Nothing is at 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. At the Skimmington Fayre, openly misogynists Reverend Anthony Gant is shot dead, not long after his cousin Mildred Danvers has passed away in the night. Barnaby is not convinced that Mildred died from natural causes. With the long standing battle of the sexes coming to a head at the Skimmington Fayre it is a fathom who has not got a motive for murder. It takes a photograph and a cognitive leap for Barnaby to solve this mystery.