1860, and Inspector Faro has been transported back to one of the darkest moments of his career - the chase of notorious Macheath from Scotland to the Kent countryside. A chance encounter with an old friend leads to Faro's sojourn in William Morris's Red House while he continues his search. The tranquility is disrupted by a burglary at a nearby mansion; the young maid who discovered the break-in has disappeared. Faro has only one suspect, but he must struggle against the indifference of the police, and the secrets of the obstructive locals, to find both Macheath and his potential victim before it is too late. With Faro himself a marked man, the truth is much closer than anyone could have imagined.