Samuel Rossiter is dead, his body found in a St. John’s laneway on a summer’s night in 1947. Rossiter’s death appears to have been the result of an accident, but Inspector Eric Stride of the Newfoundland Constabulary isn’t convinced. Was Rossiter simply a lonely old man living in a boarding house in St. John’s? Or is it more complicated? To find out, Stride follows a trail of evidence that goes back more than three decades. Along the way, he becomes ensnarled in an intrigue of privilege, wealth, and tragedy.