Detective Chief Inspector Tom Mathias arrives in Aberystwyth after ten years at the London Met. A man on a journey to recovery, a man cast into a wilderness of his own making. Flawed but brilliant, Mathias has faced death and carries the scars to show it. He may not be able to bring back the dead, but he is compelled to find justice for the living. However unorthodox his methods, this brilliant, impulsive but very human man earns our trust and confidence as – time and again – he leads us to the truth
Detective Inspector Mared Rhys is a local girl from middleclass stock. She knows the fabric of Aberystwyth society inside out, she’s bound to the place for better or worse; this is home. Mared is young to have risen so quickly through the ranks, but she’s earned it – a combination of hard work and natural talent. She’s intelligent, perceptive and independent, she loves what she does and she gets results. She is attractive, but doesn’t trade on it, and has no patience with those who do.
Detective Constable Lloyd Elis is a local boy, the son of a farmer. Good looking but socially awkward, he may be useless with women but he has a talent for numbers and a passion for the job.
Detective Sergeant Siân Owens is impulsive, determined and ruthless. She does whatever it takes to get the job done. Sensitivity may not be her strong point, but she shrugs off any criticism, and her motto is ‘no regrets’.
A complex, enigmatic figure. Chief Superintendent Brian Prosser is embroiled deep within the upper echelons of the Aberystwyth elite and keeps a keen eye on all the goings on in the police station. He understands the risk of introducing Mathias into this community and how the new DCI could ruffle some of his oldest friends.