In the bleak, snowbound landscape of the Cambridgeshire Fens, a mans mutilated body is discovered in a block of ice. High up on Ely Cathedral a second body is discovered, grotesquely riding an ancient stone gargoyle. The decaying corpse, it seems, has been there for more than thirty years.
Philip Dryden, lead reporter for the local newspaper The Crow, knows hes onto a great story when forensic evidence links both victims to one terrifying crime in 1966. But the story also offers Dryden the key to a very personal mystery. Who saved his life after a car crash one foggy night two years ago - and who left his wife, Laura, in a ditch to die?
As he continues his painful visits to Laura, who has been locked in a coma ever since the accident, Drydens search for the truth takes on ever increasing urgency. The answers will bring him face to face with his own guilt, his own fears - and a cold and ruthless killer.