A woman's brutally damaged body washes up on a lonely beach. Twelve hours later, her three-year-old daughter is found, wandering abandoned twenty miles away from her mother.
Why was Kate Sumner murdered, yet her child, a witness, allowed to live? Police investigation centres on a young actor, a loner who lies about his relationship with Kate. And what of her? Is she the "respectable" woman her husband claims her to be? And why does their daughter scream in terror every time he tries to pick her up?