A boy has been crucified in Galway. People are shocked. The Church is scandalized. Jack Taylor agrees to help search for the killer. His investigations take him to many old haunts, where he encounters ghosts - dead and living. Everyone seems to want something from him, but Jack isn't sure that he has anything left to give. Then the sister of the murdered boy is burned to death. Jack knows that he must persevere and hunt down the killer, if only to administer his own brand of rough justice.