When Scotland is hit by the recession, Police Constable
Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced
to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their
sleepy towns. The quaint village of Braikie doesn't have
much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called
Buchan's Wood, which was bequeathed to the town. The savvy
local tourist director renames the woods "The Fairy Glen,"
and has brochures printed with a beautiful photograph of a
kingfisher rising from a pond on the cover.
It isn't long before coach tours begin to arrive. But just
as the town's luck starts to turn, a kingfisher is found
hanging from a branch in the woods with a noose around its
neck. As a wave of vandalism threatens to ruin Braikie
forever, the town turns to Hamish Macbeth. And when violence
strikes again,the lawman's investigation quickly turns from
animal cruelty to murder.