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. With the help of acting DC Ben Jones, Barnaby investigates the garroting of Caroline and Peter Cave outside Winyard, a deserted cottage in Midsomer Newton. Despite a reputation for being haunted, it is a magnet to villagers, developers and fanatical conservationists alike. Barnaby and Jones must separate the truth from rumour in order to reveal Winyard's secrets - and catch the killer.