Anthony Maitland rarely involved himself in "domestic" cases but Robert Osmund's story intrigued him. Five years earlier Osmund's wife Phillipa walked out on him and their little daughter jennifer. Now she was demanding custody. Worse she had a way to get it since she had found three women willing to swear that they had affairs with Robert... and that he was an unfit father. Robert claimed innocence, owing he'd see his ex-wife in hell before he'd let her take Jennifer. So when Phillipa turned up strangled, Robert became the prime suspect...and the only one... unless Maitland could unravel a tangkad skein if twisted passions dangerous secrets and murderous devotion.