Detective Ngaire Blakes is back on the case when a skeletonized murder victim is discovered—a crime that took place during the Springbok Tours of 1981. A period that pitted father against son, town against city, and police against protestors.
When the victim is identified as Sam Andie, a young African American man, Ngaire must investigate whether racial motives were behind the death. Meanwhile the forensic pathologist asserts that a police baton could easily have been the murder weapon. Or could Sam’s death be connected to his girlfriend—a young woman convicted of a savage double homicide in the same week he disappeared?
With files missing, memories hazy, and a strident false confession muddying the waters, Ngaire must sift through the detritus if she hopes to find the truth hiding deep beneath the lies.