Supermodel Lula Landry falls to her death from a Mayfair balcony. The police conclude that she committed suicide.
Strike tells the police that the circumstances of Rochelle's death merit further investigation but is dismissed. He seeks out Lula’s friends, the fashion designer Guy Somé and model Ciara Porter, and learns that Lula was looking for her biological family.
Robin gets key information from a salesgirl at the boutique Lula visited. Strike arrives just as Robin tries on a stunning green dress and he awkwardly averts his eyes as he explains his CCTV breakthrough - that a man left Lula’s wearing a Guy Somé hoodie.
Strike is approached by Leonora Quine with a plea to locate her husband, the notorious writer Owen Quine, who has disappeared without a trace.
In Yorkshire, Robin watches a TV interview with Fancourt where he aaccidentally reveals that he's read Bombyx Mori – despite his previous denials.