With demons from his tour of duty in Bosnia haunting him, police detective Conk Adams is tasked with identifying a body found in a secluded northern bog. A young archaeologist from the city is called in to assist him. But, Catherine Nyland has a secret of her own: she requires physical healing just as much as Conk is in need of spiritual and emotional relief. An unlikely pair, their working relationship develops into a unique personal bond as they review the forensics of the case. Along the way to uncovering the secret of the preserved body in the mystical bog, they encounter a reclusive Aboriginal elder who seems to hold the key not only to the body's identity but also to the path down which Catherine and Conk will ultimately travel.