Two teenagers go missing on the same day. Just a coincidence?
They are from very different backgrounds: Yasmin is the talented, grammar-school-educated daughter of devout Muslim professionals. Ricky disappears after storming out of his council house after an argument with his mum's latest boyfriend.
DI Mariner knows Ricky's mother from his days in uniform. He is furious when his superiors take him off Ricky's case and reassign him to the more politically sensitive investigation.
The press - and his bosses - are convinced Yasmin's disappearance is a racially motivated abduction. Her family has been the target of a far-right group. But Mariner soon discovers Yasmin is far from the innocent victim her parents think she is.
Can he get to the bottom of a perplexing case where no one is what they seem?