Bentham DeQuetteville falls from the roof of his family estate after seeing a headless horseman, the ghost of his ancestor who died in the Civil War.
As more family members die, Barnaby and Jones have to discover the identity of the rider and why the DeQuetteville's are being targetted.moreless
Jamie Cruickshank, a bartender at the Maid in Splendour public house, is keen on Bella Monday, a barmaid, and follows her to a tumbledown old cottage in the woods, only to be blasted with a twelve-bore shotgun. Then the pub landlord's son, Stephen Bannerman, is also killed in the same way. Barnaby finds there was ill-feeling between locals and newcomers to the village and also between the landlord and his aggressive son, who was in the process of taking over the business.