Dan Calder is settled in New Zealand after his hectic time in The agency, the first in the Dan Calder trilogy. He has settled down with Tara Danes (from The agency) and they have adopted a dog, Jet. Dan is doing contract work for the Police and all is calm, until he gets a call from his old mate Nick Hetherington. Then Dan flies back to the UK to help Nick, whose daughter, Amber, has been arrested and accused of unlawful killing, possibly murder.
Eivor The Explorer, born in the Faroe Islands in 1841, makes revolutionary Arctic discoveries but is forced to publish under a male colleague's name. Ro, The Biographer, struggles to write Eivor's story and conceive a child before the law changes making her efforts illegal. Susan, The Mother, loves her two children but can't compete with The Perfects. Is it grass fed beef or grain fed that she's supposed to buy? And why did she choose to have children when she could have gone to law school?
Peter Collie is mourning the death of his wife Moira. In this fragile state he discovers that he was ignorant of much of Moira’s past, and even of her recent life. The tense relationship with his son Aaron, Moira’s biological son that he has fathered since birth, is almost at breaking point. And he makes some very bad decisions that threaten his career as a lawyer in a prestigious Wellington law firm.