DI Marjory Fleming is called in to investigate a skeleton found shackled to the rocks in a sea-cave on Lovatt Island. DI Fleming anticipates a straightforward case until she finds a modern watch on the skeleton's wrist. She then realises the crime may be far closer to home than she initially assumed.
Meanwhile, in the nearby village of Innellan, mysterious events begin to occur. Matt Lovatt, owner of the island, is at the centre of a series of escalating crimes - could someone be targeting him?
Fleming becomes increasingly desperate to prevent more violence. Are the skeleton and the current spate of crimes connected? If so, what evil act could have motivated such a deadly, merciless design?
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