Former trawler-man Tommy Stonnall's corpse is pulled from the sea six weeks after his sons reported him missing. He was depressed following his wife's death, huge debts and an accusation - never proved - by unpopular siblings Ellie and Jay Connock that he burned down their fish market, killing their father. Vera however discounts suicide when she finds an abandoned van stained by Tommy's blood, leading her to a lodgings house where he stayed for the missing weeks and where she finds contraband cigarettes. She also uncovers a more sinister smuggling racket in which Tommy was involved, along with a secret liaison and an explanation for the arson attack, not to mention an argument gone wrong, all of which help her to discover who killed Tommy.
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Did You Know?
The scenes with the finding of the Stonnel van with links to Quinn, the fire on the boat, and some of the "beach hut" scenes, all in an area referred to as Blythe Point, were all filmed at the mouth of the River Tees. The final scenes where the murderer confesses were also filmed here. See more