Halifax comes to prison in order to make psychiatric evaluation of the murderer eligible for parole. In a nearby town, high school teacher suddenly dies and Halifax is asked to counsel the students. While she discovers strange circumstances of that death, one of the students gets killed.
Jane Halifax is called in to do a profile on a serial killer, dubbed the Make-Up Murderer. Jonah Cole, an out of town hotshot cop, is also called in to help the investigating team. They have no leads until they find a girl Frances, who is somehow linked to the case.
A nurse is killed by a mentally ill man, previously released from custody. The media starts exposing stories of murderers being released from mental institutions. A young man who had been treated by Halifax also becomes the target.
Young woman brutally kills her rich father and stepmother. During the police questioning, it seems that she is suffering from multiple personality disorder. Halifax is called to determine whether she is indeed insane or just faking.