Tony Hill is having a few problems. A rapist, convicted years ago as a result of Tony's first forensic psychological profile, is released on appeal, leaving Tony discredited. Now Carol won't return his calls offering to help the police investigate the finding of a body found buried in a barrel in a field. Plus, Tony’s therapist thinks he is resisting treatment because he is clinging to the dark side of his psyche.
Things get worse when Tony realizes that Carol is actually gone - left the Bradfield force to go to South Africa, without even telling him; and that her successor, Alex, although young, friendly and female, doesn't want Tony anywhere near her work.