The leader of a religious cult in Guyana instigates a mass suicide.
He succeeds in killing himself and his whole flock of worshippers,
save one. In a wood outside Ystad, the police make an horrific
discovery: a severed head, and hands locked together in an attitude
of prayer. A Bible lies at the victim's side, handwritten
corrections and amendments on every page. A string of incidents,
including attacks on domestic animals, has been taking place and
Inspector Wallander fears that these events could be the prelude to
attacks on humans on a much greater scale. Meanwhile Linda
Wallander, preparing to join the Ystad police force, arrives at the
station. Showing all the hallmarks of her father - the maverick
approach, the flaring temper - she becomes involved in the case and
in the process is forced to confront a group of extremists bent on
punishing the world's sinners.