An arsonist is on the loose in Colmstock, Australia, recently
burning down the town's courthouse and killing a boy who
was trapped inside. The clock is ticking for Rose Blakey.
With nothing but rejections from newspapers piling up, her
job pulling beers for cops at the local tavern isn't nearly
enough to cover rent. Rose needs a story-a big one. In the weeks after
the courthouse fire, precise porcelain replicas of Colmstock's daughters
begin turning up on doorsteps, terrifying parents and testing the limits
of the town's already fractured police force. Rose may have finally
found her story. But as her articles gain traction and the boundaries of
her investigation blur, Colmstock is seized by a seething paranoia. Soon,
no one is safe from suspicion. And when Rose's attention turns to the
stranger living in the rooms behind the tavern, neighbor turns on
neighbor as the dark side of self-preservation is revealed.