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Detective Louise Highcroft is struggling to prove herself in the career in which her late father was a legend. She suffers jealousy from her younger colleagues because of her apparent unfair advantage, and resentment from her boss Inspector RadleyMoreDetective Louise Highcroft is struggling to prove herself in the career in which her late father was a legend. She suffers jealousy from her younger colleagues because of her apparent unfair advantage, and resentment from her boss Inspector Radley who thinks she may be on friendly terms with his superiors.A disturbed young man leads the police to the body of a murdered girl and confesses to her murder. When another girl, fifteen year old, Gabriella Stevens goes missing Highcroft notices similarities between Gabriella. Radley, however, insists the girl is a low priority, runaway, requiring little police time. He refuses to link the two cases, putting pressure on Highcroft to accept that they have a solved murder, and an absconder.Highcroft believes that the wrong person is in prison and that both girls are victims of the same person, who is still on the loose.Highcroft goes to see Christian in prison and meets Faye Lovall, his mental health nurse. Lovall is convinced her patient is innocent. He had previously confessed to murder but no crime or evidence that fitted with his story had been found, this was considered to be delusional. Lovall now thinks that, rather than a delusion, the previous confession was based on a repressed memory of something he witnessed at an early age. Totally committed to her patient’s welfare, she wants to help Highcroft by getting as much information about the long forgotten murder as she can.Although opposites in many ways, Highcroft being methodical and tidy to the point of obsession and Lovall a cheerful and chaotic mother of young children, they become friends, breaking the isolation that Highcroft has surrounded herself in since the death of both her parents, and providing her with a welcome ally.Meanwhile Gabriella is being held by the other girl’s murderer. He runs a lucrative business selling pornographic material, and has several senior police officers under his control because they have accessed his material.He is aware of Highcroft and Lovall’s interest in both cases and launches an attack on each of them. Highcroft ably defends herself, leaving him with a broken nose. A van used in the attempt on Lovall’s life eventually leads them to a print shop that has recently diversified into film and camera work.Meanwhile Highcroft goes back through old cases and finds a murder that took place sixteen years previously. The body was found at the same spot that Knightly had led the police to. A local man had been convicted for that crime. Lovall and Highcroft assume that somehow Christian had witnessed that murder as a terrified three year old and that the perpetrator, having served his time, must now be active again but they learn that the convicted man is still in prison protesting his innocence.A friend of Gabriella’s tells them that she may have joined a model agency that is recruiting girls for filming. Faye goes to the printers and finds the factory being used for making explicit films. The missing girl is there, in a drugged and helpless state. Lovalls attempt to rescue her ends with them both locked in a basement.The building is set alight,Highcroft finds evidence from the old murder case that proves a very young Christian Knightly was present, and which links that murder to his older step brother, Jerry Markam, who was the victim’s boyfriend. Markam had been under suspicion at the time but Knightly’s father had given him an alibi and allowing him to leave the country. Markham has recently returned from Spain and has set up the filming business in an old friend’s factory.Highcroft reaches the factory just in time to save both the kidnapped girl and Lovall. Jerry Markam is charged with the murder that Christian confessed to and the one the soldier was convicted of. Radley is found to have been under Markam’s control and is also arrested.