Even before Tim Le Page and his new wife, Anna, can leave for their honeymoon, he is called back to investigate an attempted murder. But this is no ordinary case, the victim is Tim's mother. Drifting from one lover to another, Lorna has never been the maternal type and, as a result, she has made more than her fair share of enemies. In particular, Tim can't help feeling that Simon, the latest escort to materialise at Lorna's side, is too young even for his glamorous mother. But if Simon isn't interested in Lorna, then what is he doing in Guernsey? With professional detachment hampered by family loyalty, Le Page knows he must solve this case, and soon - his mother's life may depend on it.