A bomb explodes in one of Stockholm's packed coffee houses. Dåådh's investigation of the attack is interrupted by an order for him to put a stop to the illegal church services held by a pietistic congregation of which Simon Freund is secretly a member. No sooner has Dåådh taken care of this crisis in his own manner then suddenly another murder takes place that demands his attention. A respected priest in the state church is found burned to death. Dåådh starts to sense that there is an unexpected link between the two murders and that the perpetrator could be found in unsettlingly close proximity.