Eleven year old Johannes is found dead in a crevice. The autopsy shows that he has been raped and then beaten to death. Inspector Stefan Lindman is friends with the boy’s father and is the one chosen for the ungrateful task of notifying the boy’s parents.
Stefan promises that he will personally be in charge of the investigation and that the murderer will be caught. But Stefan is suspected of assault in a previous investigation and while he waits for internal affairs to finish their investigation he is suspended and cannot be involved with investigating the boy’s murderer. However, Stefan is also involved in the investigation on a more personal level. He has a dark secret, a secret which holds the answer to why he ended up in Ystad in the first place.