In the dead of winter a young man is found hanging from a tree on a remote shore of Lake Superior known as Misery Bay. There's no evidence of foul play. Nothing to suggest it's anything other than a tragic teenage suicide. Devastated and unbelieving, the boy's father just has one question: why? Finding the answer is not a job ex-cop Alex McKnight relishes, but loss is something he understands only too well. When he starts to question the local cops about the suicide, Alex's instincts instantly tell him something is very, very wrong. And that he's unwittingly opening a door into a nightmare world of madness, murder and twisted revenge...