The brutal death of former news photographer Henry "Flash" Dahlström awakes the otherwise sleepy, winter-covered island of Gotland. Dahlström was an alcoholic and a regular on the park benches. His death comes after a significant win at the local race tracks, giving credibility to the theory that he was killed for money, most likely by one of the seedy characters from Dahlström's new social circle. Just as Inspector Anders Knutas becomes embroiled in the Dahlström murder case, 14-year-old Fanny Jansson goes missing. Fanny works at a local stable, and when a co-worker from the USA leaves the country, all suspicions move in that direction. The unlikely turn in the case comes when pictures of Fanny turn up in Dahlström’s dark room, while his death is being investigated.