In 2018, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary executed Operation
Wormwood, an investigation into a mysterious disease that targeted some of the
worst criminals this province has ever seen.
At the same time, the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police were executing Operation Vanished, a special task force
whose duty was to solve the historical murders of women and children.
RCMP Corporal Gail McNaughton
has just transferred into the Major Crime Unit. As its newest investigator, she
is given a stack of missing and murder files dating back to the 1950s. These
crimes prove to be a challenge to investigate: most of the witnesses have died
or aged, memories have faded, scenes were not secured to today’s standards, and
DNA testing was not available at the time. Corporal McNaughton befriends Larry
Morgan, an expert on Newfoundland and Labrador history who is also the son of
one of the murdered women. Together they put together a list of suspects and
begin to dig up ghosts from the past. McNaughton discovers that the files may
be linked, and she sets out to prove her theory that a serial killer had been
operating in rural Newfoundland when these crimes were committed.