The body of a beautiful young Estonian woman is found in a lake in rural Lancashire. Is it murder or a tragic accident? As Inspector Steve Carmichael begins to look into the dead woman's life, he discovers a wealth of secrets and embarks on a murder enquiry. Lillia Monroe was a woman who had expensive tastes and apparently had the money to satisfy them. Who did she meet regularly at a local hotel? How did she finance her love of fine things? And what does her diary reveal about her liaisons and her true feelings about the men in her life? Steve and his team must learn to look beyond the obvious and strip away layers of deception to reveal the motive behind Lillia's murder. As the dramas in his own family are played out, Steve's investigation into Lillia's death becomes a race to stop the killer striking again.