Ditching a dreary museum curator role, historian Remy Lane launches a second career on boisterous movie sets. She's designing era-specific stages for period piece film. The work is intriguing but impermanent by nature, sprung within an artificial industry. Needing an enriching connection to the past, Remy travels abroad.
She explores the ruins scattered across England, captivated by their timeworn beauty. Settling in a remote coastal village, she is cradled by resplendent pastures and the Irish Sea. It is just her penchant for finding corpses that is worrisome.
Remy discovers that crime swirls around the illegal trade of historical relics. Theft at archeological digs, museum pilferings, church robberies, and international smuggling bring precious cultural artifacts to private collectors far from their origins. With a keen eye for historical details, Remy Lane strives to unravel such convoluted heritage crimes alongside Inspector Wm. Tremaine when murder accompanies antiquities in the black market trade landing along the shores of northwestern England.