Naked and crying for help, a young man lies chained to the rail line as the commuter train approaches. Faraday learns that the victim was part of a group of social activists, as well as a respected artist. Winckler discovers that an acquaintance of the victim, an elderly portrait photographer, has also disappeared.
The decapitated body of a young man is found on the beach. Overwhelmed by the barbarity, Winckler leaves the crime site and lets Faraday work the case. Winckler’’s new assignment: a drug bust of some wealthy socialites. But he finds his share of barbarity in that corner of Le Havre, also.