Linda Wallander is just about to join her father in the Ystad police force. While on leave between training and taking up the job her friend Anna goes missing. Meanwhile her father is investigating the mysterious slaugher and burning of some animals, hoping that this isn't going to lead to human murder. The interaction between the two is interesting and theres also other generational interactions in the story. Although you do know who does it the journey for the detectives to find that out as well is interesting.