Set over the course of four days, this four-part drama explores the spiraling repercussions surrounding the fatal shooting of a pizza delivery man. Refusing to accept this is a random act of senseless violence, tough and single-minded Detective Inspector Kip Glaspie is determined to discover if there is a darker truth.Politician David Mars becomes instantly embroiled in the drama through his turbulent relationship with his troubled and unpredictable ex Karen. While Jane Oliver, a compassionate vicar, struggles to conceal her affair with the only witness to the crime. Hare’s electrifying writing acts as a moving spotlight, asking crucial questions about the state of modern Britain.
In South London a young man, Abdullah Asif, is shot dead delivering a pizza. The detective in charge, DI Kip Glaspie, quickly discovers that the pizza manager Laurie Stone, inexplicably sent Syrian refugee Abdullah instead of regular driver Mikey Gowans. At the crime scene, Kip dismisses pushy reporter Robert Walsh, and is briefed by her partner DS Nathan Bilk.
Bereaved sisters Mona and Fatima are processed at Harsfleet detention centre. Sandrine returns to her army desk job, under the threatening gaze of Major Dyson, and works through her troubled past in Afghanistan with therapist Xan.
Sandrine is increasingly fraught. Peter Westbourne tracks her down, but fails to calm her. Sandrine returns to the army base, retrieves her gun and disappears. Faced with a second murder, Kip and Nathan struggle to figure out how the two killings are connected. Kip is convinced that MI5 is leaking information to the media.