One windy autumn day, the body of the university student Lisa Beck is found in a small lake on top of the Tromsø island. It puzzles the police and the investigator Aslak Eira, of Saami heritage, that she has not drowned. To add to the confusion, the body carries traces of having been in the sea. As the police seem to be fumbling along in the dark, yet another young female student disappears. The struggle to save this students life, and to reveal the identity of the murderer, becomes a race against time. And for Aslak it becomes a matter of life and death... as his 16-year-old son is dragged into the events.