The married couple Olof and Carolina Wrangel is found murdered at their magnificent estate. The investigation shows that the woman has been tortured and raped in front of her husband before they were killed. It is clear that death must have been a relief considering the torture they were both subjected to. In this investigation Kurt Wallander is assisted by his daughter Linda and Stefan Lindman who will now have to prove that they are Kurt’s equals as police officers.
As the investigation goes on it is evident that the murder is about revenge and that the motive is to be found twenty years back in time.