In 1987 Sheila Shand was given a suspended sentence for murdering her father. At her trial, it emerged that she, her mother and her sister, were all subject to brutal abuse at the hands of Leslie Shand.
Years later, investigative journalist Amy Vaughan discovers letters and a newspaper cutting about the Shand case while clearing out her late mother's flat. Curious about the case, she decides to visit Sheila's mother who is in a care home.
Amy herself had a difficult childhood, subjected to Munchausen By Proxy by her mother in order to keep the affections of Amy's father George. Then George appears on Amy's doorstep after a long absence, saying he is dying...
As she pursues her investigation of the Shand case, Amy realises that there is more to the murder of Leslie than the police ever unearthed, including two long-buried skeletons in woods near the family's home ¿