Alicia Berenson, a happily married woman and an artist of some renown in London, is found with her dead husband. He’s tied to a chair, and has been shot 5 times in the face. The gun, his own, is on the floor nearby. She never speaks again.

Theo Faber, the narrator, is a forensic psychologist who take a job at the facility where she is committed, and begins to unlock her secrets. Twists, turns and red herrings lead to a surprising conclusion.