When Flein passes thru a small highland village of Glenfinnan he encounters a tale of Murder and a tale of a water horse who is accused of the murders. He meets the Water Horse first in Horse form and when he comes back thru Glenfinnan he meets it in human form.
Flein feels that Donnchadh is not the murderer and that if they don't find the real murderer the villagers will turn on him and Donnchadh. Flein is fighting his attraction for Donnchadh as it is and he doesn't want the water horse killed for something he didn't do. Will Flein and Donnchadh find their murderer? or will the murderer find them first?
I liked the gritty telling of the murder mystery as well as the love between Flein and Donnchadh it made me want to jump into the book and help them succeed.
Flein is a wanderer by instinct and need, roaming the known world as the fancy takes him. In the Highland village of Glenfinnan, women have been raped and brutally murdered. The killer is a waterhorse, a monstrous shapeshifter by all accounts. But when Flein meets Donnchadh, first in its equine form, then its man-shape, he knows the waterhorse is innocent. Flein is drawn to the shapeshifter, but he finds it difficult to acknowledge it's more than a monster.
Donnchadh, though wary, shares the same attraction. They join forces to hunt for the real murderer, but time is short. They must find the killer before more women die. Then suspicion is turned on them and the hunters become the hunted.