After Julie Stender is discovered murdered in her own apartment with an intricate pattern of lines carved into her face, Copenhagen police detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner are assigned to the case, in this series debut. Julie's bohemian landlady Esther de Laurenti is a budding novelist—and when Julie turns up as a murder victim in the still-unfinished mystery she's writing, the link between fiction and real life could be dangerous. But Esther's role in this twisted scenario is not quite as clear as it first seems. Is she the culprit or just another victim? Anette and Jeppe must dig more deeply into the two women's pasts to discover the identity of the brutal puppet-master pulling the strings.