The mayor of Barcelona is being blackmailed.
A sex tape from her student days – one she never knew existed.
The price: 300,000 euros and her immediate resignation.
A political chameleon who swept to power on a populist wave, she has her enemies.
Nor can she trust those closest to her.
Both her ex-husband and her deputy would profit from her fall.
Melchor Marin, living a quiet life in Terra Alta, is tempted back to Barcelona to work the case.
But what seemed a simple matter has its roots in far more serious and disturbing crimes.
With the mayor on the verge of capitulation, a shock revelation changes everything – not least the course of Melchor’s life.
At long last, his heart’s dark desire is in his grasp.