Kurt Wallander and Linda face a religious fanatic intent on carrying out his personal version of God's will, at a brutal cost. Mysterious events mark this suspenseful drama. A flock of swans are burned to death. Shortly thereafter, a young woman is horribly murdered.
Linda graduated recently from the police academy and is assigned to Kurt's department. Tensions rise as the two try to find Linda's missing friend. He is sober after years of alcohol abuse, but can Linda trust him? They have to solve the case before more people are harmed.