In a wood outside Ystad, the police make an horrific discovery: a severed head, and hands locked together as if in prayer. A Bible lies at the victim’s side, with handwritten corrections and amendments on every page.
Meanwhile, Linda Wallander returns to Skane having just graduated from the police academy, and she already shows all the hallmarks of her father: the maverick approach, the flaring temper.
Before she even starts work Linda becomes embroiled in the case of her childhood friend Anna, who has inexplicably disappeared. As the case her father is working on dovetails with her own, something far more dangerous than either could have imagined begins to emerge.
Kurt and Linda soon find themselves forced to confront a group of extremists bent on punishing the world’s sinners…