Nothing much happens in Versailles, Maine, until a putrefying body is found in a cabin up by the lake. The dead man turns out to be from the Boston DA's office, a prosecutor who had been investigating a series of gang-related murders in that city. Ben Truman, Chief of Police, heads down to Boston to follow the few fragile leads he has in the case. Not welcomed by the police there, he knows he really should get the mesage and disappear back to the sticks. Big-city crime is way beyond anything he's ever dealt with before. But still Trumann refuses to let it go.