Lynley: You've only got 24 days left - it's utterly unfair of me to involve you in concealing evidence. So you weren't here.
Havers: I was here. I am here.
Lynley: What I'm trying to say is, if you're leaving — if you're really leaving... I'm going to miss you.In the middle of a concert, well-known violinist Gideon Martin appears to have a nervous breakdown and rushes off stage, just after the chords of a Dvorak piece are struck. He locks himself inside the greenroom, and it is hours before his father, Richard, and manager, Raphael, manage to coax him out. In the meantime, a woman called Eugenie Martin - Gideon's mother and Richard's ex-wife - is run over repeatedly on her way to meet a man called James Pitchley.Lynley and Havers are at DSI Webberley's wedding anniversary, when DS David Leach, the officer who first reached the scene of the murder, arrives to inform Webberley of the incident. Webberley assigns Lynley to the case, and Lynley manages to get Havers on it as well. As they investigate, they sense that Eugenie's murder is connected with another murder 20 years ago - when Eugenie's Down Syndrome daughter and Gideon's sister - Sophie Martin - was drowned in her bath, allegedly by her nurse Katja Wolff. However, there is pressure from within the Police department to not refer back to this case. Files go missing - and when DS Leach smuggles a parcel away from the victim's house, Webberley tells Lynley to turn a blind eye to it.Lynley is finding it more and more difficult to cope with the pressure from all around - the skewed investigation, his wife's pregnancy, but above all, the prospect of Havers resigning within the month. He begins a countdown to the days he has left in the force with Havers. In the meantime, Eugenie's murderer isn't happy that the secret lies dead with her. There are more lives in danger.