Stewart Gilmour is back in Stonemouth. After five years in exile, his presence is required at the funeral of patriarch Joe Murston, even though the last time Stu saw the Murstons he was running for his life. Although there’s supposed to be a temporary truce between him and the town’s biggest crime family, it’s soon clear that only Stu is taking this pomise of peace seriously. Before long, a quick drop into the cold grey river Stoun begins to look like the soft option. As Stu uncovers ever darker stories, his homecoming takes a more lethal turn than even he had anticipated.