Ken Stott stars as the eponymous hero John Rebus in this adaptation of Ian Rankin's worldwide best-selling detective series. Set in Edinburgh, Rebus's investigations lead him through the city's ancient beauty and into its more sinister quarters. In 'Fleshmarket Close', a Kosovan man is murdered in a notorious Edinburgh sink estate. Initially the murder appears to be race-related but Rebus is not convinced. His investigations lead him through the world of asylum seekers and gangland bosses who cruelly govern the poor inhabitants of the estate. In 'The Falls', the death of an obstetrician and the discovery of a small coffin with an effigy of a baby lying beside the corpse leads Rebus into the wealthy and powerful circles of Edinburgh society where his enquiries are coolly dismissed. Further deaths lead him to explore an apparent suicide that occurred some 20 years previously and to a prime suspect who in turn becomes a victim in a wider web of vengeance.