This is the first book in the Sgt Major Crane series. Sergeant Major Crane, a Special Investigations Branch Investigator, in the Armed Forces, is a proud, dedicated and experienced soldier, constrained by the Army structure, but adept at manipulating the system. He and his young team of Staff Sergeant Billy Williams and Sergeant Kim Weston, based at Aldershot Garrison, have to investigate one of the most horrific cases they have ever taken on. A soldier who has deliberately murdered his wife and 6 year old son and then committed suicide.
Crane wants to know what is behind this horrific act, but has to battle against cynical opposition from his Officer Commanding, Captain James Edwards who makes him investigate a different crime. Paralleling these investigations, Crane's wife Tina wants a decision on whether they should start a family. A decision Crane is unable to make, haunted as he is by the deaths of young boys.
Solomon had religious pamphlets in his house, making Crane ask himself what the he wanted to be saved from? Does the church offer salvation, or slaughter?