Journalist Laura Ackroyd becomes drawn into the plight of Jenny Holden and her daughter Anna when she writes an article about domestic abuse. Jenny takes flight from her husband to a women's refuge, but her dreams of safety are shattered when young Anna goes missing . . . Meanwhile, Mohammed Sharif is finding it difficult to keep his balance on the tightrope he walks between his family's traditional Muslim beliefs and his job as a policeman. When his young, newly married cousin Faria Aziz disappears, Mohammed tries to trace her to ease the worry of his family. But as this unofficial inquiry soon becomes a police matter, DCI Thackeray must tread carefully in his investigations.