When history buff and multi-lingual American tech writer Annie Young returns to her studio “nest” in Southern France from a Zurich assignment, she can hardly wait to see what Pere-Yves has to tell her about the research they had been sharing in nearby Rennes-le-Chateau. Instead, she finds the priest’s body crumpled on his church’s steps.
While she is calling the police, the body disappears. The police think it is her way to get the attention of Police Chief Roger (her ex-boyfriend), but he knows better.
Although Roger would like to win Annie back, his attitude towards the mysteries of Rennes-le-Chateau alienates her further and she fights being drawn back into his life via his daughter Gaelle. At the same time she misses what they had before they broke up over her frequent assignments in distant countries.
The police have no clues, even after the body is found in an ancient stone tomb in the church.
If everyone loved the priest, why was he murdered?
A second murder may or may not be related.
Annie herself becomes victim to a stalker who threatens her life.