Perhaps is a blessing when Jasmine Dent dies in her sleep. At long last an end has come to the suffering of a body horribly ravaged by disease. It may well have been suicide; she had certainly expressed her willingness to speed the inveitable. But small inconsistencies lead her heighbour, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid of Scotland Yard, to a startling conclusion: Jasmine Dent was murdered. But if not for mercy, why would someone destroy a life already so fragile and doomed? As Kincaid and his capable partner Seargeant Gemma James sift through the dead woman’s strange history, from her childhood in India to the final months of her illness, they discover a hauntingly beautiful young woman, secretive and ambitious. A troubling puzzle begins to take shape -a bizarre amalgam of good and evil, of harity and crime… and of the blinding passions that can drive the human animal to perform cruel and inhuman acts.