Winter in Tiverton.
Constable Paul Hirschhausen has a snowdropper on his patch. Someone is stealing women's underwear and Hirsch knows enough about that kind of crime - and how it can escalate - not to take it lightly.
But the more immediate concern is a call from the high school, with a teacher worried about a student who may be in danger at home. And another call from a different school, with a man enraged about the principal's treatment of his daughter.
A little girl in harm's way and an elderly woman in danger. An absent father who isn't where he's supposed to be; another who flees to the back country armed with a rifle. Families under pressure. And the cold, seeping feeling that something is very, very wrong...