Ten-year-old Katie Blasko is missing. Detective Sergeant Ellen Destry, alert to rumours of a paedophile ring operating on the Peninsula, is thinking abduction. Her colleagues are thinking bad family, truancy. Her boss is thinking about the media. Her partner D. I. Hal Challis is a thousand kilometres away, watching his father die, and everyone, including Ellen, is wondering whether she’s good enough to handle this without him.