Erlendur travels to the area responsible for his greatest trauma, because he lost his brother there. Since Erlendur held the hand of his brother when he disappeared, the events are still very present. The house of Erlendurs parents of which he does not even know to whom it belongs shall become the starting point of his expedition. During his search, Erlendur encounters a fox-hunter, who participated in the search for Erlendur’s brother many years ago. He could not bring any new information to the case of Erlendur’s brother, but tells him that another woman vanished many years ago and her trace gets completely lost, too.