Robbie Fraser received an anonymous note saying 'Your father is in trouble. He has disappeared and may be in danger. Come to Kinlochvegan as soon as you can'. Shocked beyond belief, he has always believed he had no father and his mother took the truth with her to her grave. Now with nothing to keep him in England, he travels to the small Scottish fishing village to find the man he never knew.
On arrival, he is met with hostility and the claustrophobic insularity of a small-town community. Heather McBain is the only one who wants to befriend him and through her he learns of the bitter rivalry between their fathers.Thirty years ago, the two men had a falling out - for reasons no one really knows- and the enmity between them has gone on, dominating the village life. Whilst her own father barely acknowledged her existence, Hamish Fraser always found time for her and it was she who summoned Robbie to Scotland.
Now she is convinced that her father is involved in Hamish's disappearance. But as she and Robbie start to dig into the mystery, buried secrets come to light which could destroy them all.