As the snow drives down and the full force of a Buffalo winter makes itself felt, a man's body is found. Barely recognisable, the only clue the police have are the '1' carved into the victim's face and the killer sinister calling card, a plastic toy monkey.
This is 'the county' - a city cocooned in secrets, suspecion and blood feuds. For detective Absalom Kearney, this case is het one chance to prove that even the most heinous of murders can be stopped. But as her investigation develops she finds herself in a rece not only to halt the killer but also stop The County's residents exating their own form of justice.
Because at the heart of this communty there is the darkness peculiar to thos forgotten by society, and this darkness will affect Absalom's life in ways she could never have imagined...