The last words Nick Walton hears from his fiancee are in a terrified mobile phone call from her. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but she has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and telephone. That same afternoon, workmen unearth the remains of a young woman in her early 20s, who has been dead for 30 years. At first, to Roy Grace and his team, these two events seem totally unconnected. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missing and another body from the past surfaces.