It is a hot summer when seventeen-year-old Annabelle disappears from the small community Gullspång, right on the border of Västergötland and Värmland, in the deep forests in the middle of Sweden. Her parents are frantic with worry, the local police are helpless and Missing People looking in vain.
Detective Inspector Charlie Lager is sent there, along with her colleague. She is a highly skilled police officer, and it is by working that she finds the routines that her chaotic inner needs. This specific case she doesn’t want to take on, but eventually she does like she always do: follows orders. For Charlie Lager it is a journey back in time. She is forced to return to the place she left when she was fourteen, a past and a childhood that she has done the best to escape from. Once there, memories are brought to life. The ones of growing up where choices are few and the dream of leaving strong. Of the mother, who was all that Charlie is afraid to become, an alcoholic and ill.
While she tries to find out the truth about what happened to Annabelle, Charlie makes frightening discoveries about her own past. And she is forced to face her worst memory: the time when she let another person die.