An abandoned Southwark warehouse burns next door to a women's shelter for victims of spousal abuse. Within it lies the charred corpse of a woman burned beyond all recognition. At the same time, workers at Guy's Hospital anxiously discuss the disappearance of a hospital administrator – a beautiful, emotionally fragile young woman who's vanished without a trace.
And in an old, dark, rambling London house, nine-year-old Harriet's awful fears won't be silenced - as she worries about her feuding parents, her schoolwork...and the strange woman who is her only companion in this scary, unfamiliar place. Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid – lovers and former partners – have their own pressing concerns. But they must put aside private matters to investigate these disturbing cases. Yet neither Gemma nor Duncan realize how closely these cases are connected – or how important their resolutions will be for an abducted young child who is frightened, alone ...and in serious peril.