Corporal James Vaanes returns to action on Vancouver Island. His major crimes unit is once again mired in a stark murder, but the list of possible suspects for the despised victim is long and personal. Only days after the first murder, a gruesome discovery is made further north, splitting the team in two, stretching their resources thin. As Vaanes begins the hunt for the tortured victim's killer, another family problem arises. His younger brother's bad decisions continue to plague him. Vaanes, who is struggling with his own issues, steps up to support his once neglected sibling, even though doing so may jeopardize his own career. As Vaanes takes risks and digs into the disparate murders, one family name becomes synonymous throughout his search, with tragic results.