Vera is confronted with the tragic scene of a teenage boy'smurder. His body is found in a shipyard in the sleepy coastaltown of Peyton-by-the-Sea. As he isn't recognised locally,it's not immediately apparent who he is. Eventually, MissingPersons records reveal that troubled Caden Lennon had abscondedfrom the care of his support worker six weeks previously. Withfew leads thrown up by the Newcastle estate where Caden camefrom, Vera looks to the Peyton locals to throw some light onthe investigation. Beneath the quaint facade she discovers thatthere is a growing drugs problem. But, with local dealer TonyBriggs now apparently going straight, it's not clear why. Verabegins to question whether Caden's connections to Newcastle andPeyton run deeper, and whether the lack of leads points to aring of silence with darker forces at play. Vera must uncoverthe missing link to find Caden's ruthless killer.