When Robbie Fraser receives an anonymous note saying "Your father has disappeared" he is shocked beyond belief. As far as he knows, he has no father. Robbie travels to a small Scottish fising village to find the man he never knew, but he is met with hostility and the claustrophobic insularity of a small-town community. Only Heather McBain seems to want to befriend him, and from her he learns of the bitter rivalry between their fathers. As she and Robbie start asking questions, buried secrets come to light which could destroy them all.