Occupied France, January 1943. Detectives Jean-Louis St-Cyr and Hermann Kohler are sent to the German submarine base at Lorient in Brittany to investigate a murder. The Gross-Admiral wants a quick resolution to the case since the prime suspect is a U-Boat captain known as the Dollmaker, whose crew are demoralized after many months of punishing cruises and who won’t go back to sea without him.
St-Cyr and Kohler are unlikely partners, a Chief Inspector from the Sûreté in Paris and a longtime criminal policeman now in the Gestapo. Both are astute investigators but overworked and they struggle with a complex and confusing investigation where their presence is unwelcome. Janes evokes the strangeness of the Breton landscape in winter among the ancient megaliths and the even stranger world of the Occupation.