Morse and Lewis investigate the disappearance of teenager Valerie Craven who vanished some six months previously while walking home from her exclusive girls school. Morse is the third detective assigned to the case and is convinced that the girl is by now dead. However, the girl's parents receive a note, purportedly from Valerie. Suspicion falls on a number of people, including fellow students, men named in her diary and some of the teachers at her school. When one of the teachers is killed, the missing persons enquiry becomes a murder investigation.
Did You Know?
The school at which Morse finds David Acum, the French teacher departed from the school in Oxford, is St John Baptiste de la Salle School. It is named after Jean-Baptiste de la Salle (1651-1719), in the Roman Catholic Church the patron saint of teachers. He is credited with bringing the start of a structured educational system to the ordinary people of France. His mother was Nicolle Moët, a relative of Claude Moët, founder of Moët et Chandon, the Champagne producers. He set up the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the first to have no priests in its membership. It is known in the United States as "the Christian Brothers", but should not be confused with the "Congregation of Christian Brothers", a teaching order founded in Ireland in the nineteenth century. See more
When Miss Baines falls over the edge of the stairs, it is quite clearly a dummy that is dropped. See more
Chief Inspector Morse
Have you ever thought about the person who designed the sports skirt? Somebody sat down and drew a fantasy and made it compulsory uniform. I can never watch Wimbledon without thanking that man.
Flight of the Valkyries
Composed by Richard Wagner
Morse plays a recording of it. See more