After leaving a sci-fi convention in Dumbarton, Melody Lattimer takes a wrong turn and washes up in the remote coastal village of Slashness. Rapidly falling for its seductive charms, what she doesn't realise is that strange happenings are afoot in this wayward Scottish paradise, events that will enmesh oddball residents and eccentric visitors alike. What nefarious ends will a sinister Continental aristocrat go to in order to further his dark ambition? Is there a connection between a sleazy Hamburg nightclub and an impressive helping of seafood served scandalously hot? Will Costas McDee, the village's notorious womaniser, be tamed by a glamorous wanderer from the south? And what exactly is a canny shrimp fisherman by the name of Douglas T McRose up to? Only an ancient sheep with a bald bottom and a vacant yellow eye knows the complete and sordid truth - and she's not telling!