* The story opens in the Prologue in which Frank Mackey is waiting just up the street from his house for his girlfriend, Rosie Daley.
* Frank waits for some time outside the house, then goes inside and finds a note from Rosie which seems to indicate she changed her mind.
* Chapter One: Frank is an officer in the Undercover Unit of the Dublin Police Department, is divorced, and spends weekends with his daughter, Holly.
* Frank listens to a frantic message from his sister Jackie saying Rosie's suitcase was found behind the fireplace in Number 16.
* Frank takes Holly back to her mother telling her he has a family emergency and heads to his childhood home.
* Jackie and Olivia have suggested that Holly should get to know Frank's family but that he won't consider it because they are all crazy.
* Chapter Two: Frank enters the house and sees...
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