Dr. Sam Ryan is called to the scene of the tragic death of a six-year-old girl, Sarah Crew, who is thought to have fallen from a rope-swing over a river and drowned and the police surgeon has called in the pathologist. Sam has to work out if her death was an accident or murder.moreless
Sam tries to link the latest death with that of the daughter of a convicted child killer.
Sam investigates a ritualistic murder - a man is found dead by a man walking his dog, the main suspect is Sebastianne Bird. Everything leads to Bird. When the police discover a book about black magic in his house they are sure of his guilt. Sam thinks he is innocent and continues to look for the true killer.moreless
A second ritualistic murder has taken place, this time of another of Bird's acquaintances, but Sam remains unconvinced of his guilt and suspects that someone is out to exact revenge.
A man is found dead in his cell at a police station and it is clear that he has been murdered. Sam comes to the conclusion that one of the officers who was in the police station at the time of death has to be the killer.
A policeman is also found dead, and the assumption is that he killed the prisoner and then committed suicide. But Sam thinks that they are both murders and tries to solve the case by finding the real perpetrator.
An arranged marriage between a Vietnamese student named Tran to an older man goes tragically wrong when a charred body is found in the burnt out restaurant owned by Tran's father. Dr Sam Ryan's expertise is sought out.
The body in the burnt out restaurant is identified as Tran's fiancé, and fingerprints on the murder weapon implicate her father. Sam tries to discover his whereabouts.