"We've found a boy's body by the river - want to come take a peek?" Ben's face wore his insufferable I-know-what-you're-thinking expression. Faith struggled with her demon curiosity a moment. Ben watched her lose the fight. "Of course you do." Faith Morgan, former policewoman and vicar of Little Worthy, visits Oliver Markham's farm in the run up to Christmas. He's to be her Joseph in the church's nativity pageant. Only she discovers the house surrounded by police cars. A body has been found in the local River Itchen. Despite her best intentions, Faith is drawn into the investigation. There is a question of drugs, a distraught girlfriend, an unsavoury uncle - and, to Faith's sinking heart, a church connection. Ben, her erstwhile boyfriend, is the police inspector in charge of the case, which does nothing at all for her peace of mind. And the respectable parishioners of Little Worthy have plenty of opinions. Mostly, as it turns out, wrong.