When irascible farmer Guy Beardon meets a very dirty death in his own farmyard, it seems like an accident initially – despite the fact that he was widely disliked. Only his daughter Lilah is prepared to defend his memory. And when, slowly, Lilah begins to suspect foul play, no one is eager to help her investigate. Suspicion becomes certainty when two more deaths occur – and both of them are unmistakably murder. There is certainly no shortage of suspects and it falls to local policeman Den Cooper to investigate the mysterious deaths.