Bill Carter (Robert Pickavance) is found dead at a local New Age commune (called the Lodge of the Golden Windhorse) with a broken neck, lying at the bottom of a staircase. Barnaby and Troy have to decide whether the death was an accident or murder. A few days later Barnaby and Troy are called back to the Lodge, and this time there is no doubt that it is murder. Other Lodge members include Ken and Heather Beavers; May Cuttle, who practises past-life regressions; former solicitor's clerk Arno Gibbs, new member Christopher Wainwright (Stephen Moyer) and girlfriend Suhami Gamelin; Trixie Channing; and adolescent Tim Riley. The Lodge's Master is Ian Craigie. Suhami's parents are Guy (Miles Anderson) and Felicity, who are separated.