Dawn. Through the morning mist come a flock of burning swans. What at first looks like a prank by young boys soon take unexpected proportions when a murder is linked to the burning swans. The only lead that Kurt Wallander has is a Bible in English with haphazard quotations in Hebrew written in the bible. The quotations indicate that a lethal, religious fanatic is the murderer.
At the same time Kurt Wallander’s daughter Linda Wallander, arrives in Ystad. She is fresh out of the Police Academy and is about to start working as a police in Ystad. When another horrendous murder with religious overtones takes place Linda and Kurt are forced to cooperate. Not only as father and daughter but also as colleagues.