A woman is found dead one morning in her apartment, hanging upside down from the roof, drained of all her blood. There is no trace of the blood… Someone plays a cat and mouse game with the police, a game where someone through meticulous planning constantly is a one step ahead of the police. And a game that is directed towards the Ystad Police and more specifically towards the daughters of its inspectors.

Inspectors Wallander and Martinsson, known for their rational thinking, start to behave like hunted animals when someone is threatening their dearly beloveds. Everything is part of a diabolical plan, a plan which must have taken years to perfect.