Chief Superintendent Wycliffe returns in an intriguing mystery centering around the Kemp family and Kellycoryk, their ancestral home. Roger, head of the shrinking clan, is desperate for money to maintain his five-hundred-year-old home. His second wife, Bridget, is a prosperous businesswoman, but her financial help has a price attached. Bridget's disappearance leads Wycliffe and his team to reinvestigate the death of Roger's first wife, herself moderately well-heeled, five years before. Could Roger Kemp have been so cold-blooded as to have married and murdered two wealthy women?