Dale Gilbertson is the police chief in the town of French Landing, Wisconsin. Dale Gilbertson is investigating the kidnapping and murders of several local children but is in over his head. He asks his friend, Jack Sawyer, a former L.A.P.D detective, to help him with the case. Jack is reluctant at first, having retired early believing he was having a mental break down due to the stress of the job. The murderer has been dubbed the Fisherman because of the likeness between the current murders and some that happened in the nineteen-twenties.