When an ex con is found dead on the marshes of the harbour it's believed his murder is linked to big time crook Marty Stapleton currently in prison. DI Horton is not so sure. He attends the funeral hoping to get a lead in the baffling investigation. He does but not in the way he or anyone expected. A body found on a rotting boat being salvaged in Portsmouth Harbour throws Horton into a complex and frustrating investigation. As the tension mounts to solve the case,Horton receives a chilling message; time, it seems, is also running out for him.