After a heady New Years Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room in the Metropole Hotel, Brightom. A week later, another women is attacked. Both victim's shoes are taken by the offender. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997. The perpetrator had been dubbed 'Shoe Man' and was beleived to have raped five women before murdering his sixth victim and vainishing. When more women are assualted , Grace becomes increasingly certain that they are dealing with the same man, and that by delving back into the past he may find the key to unlocking the current mystery. Soon Grace and his team will find themselves in a desperate race against the clock to idenify and save the life of the new sixth victim.