2014. The Commonwealth Games is coming to Glasgow and security is extra tight, particularly after a mysterious bomb explodes in nearby countryside. As the opening ceremony for the Games draws ever closer, the police desperately seek the culprits. But DS Lorimer has other concerns on his mind. One is a beautiful red-haired woman whose husband dies suddenly on his watch. Then there is the body of a young woman found dumped near the bomb site, who is proving impossible to identify. Elsewhere in the city people prepare for the events in their own way. And hiding behind false identities are those who pose a terrible threat not just to the Games but to the very fabric of society.