The island's largest farm owner, Karsten Nyqvist, who systematically bought the land of small neighbors,was struck fatally, his wandered-off dog's bloody paws alert commissioner Robert Anders who returns only after delivering his pregnant girl friend Emma to hospital for a false alert. Prime suspect is sheep breeder Gunnar Appelros, who refused to sell but invokes an alibi. Anders, and his best friend Alfred Palmgren, who met Gunnar probably last. Alfred, whose construction and development business partner Hans Malmsted is most anxious, is later found down a cliff, but drowned in a land pool after he and his wife Rebecca rowed with Jasmine Larsson, Gunnars ex, who left the island eight years ago, pregnant. Forensics also link the case to recently dug-up Viking coin treasure on Gunnar's meadow. Robert must tie it all together.