It's Christmas in the town of Ystad. Kurt Wallander struggles against his bad memory; his new disease. He knows that he will soon need to tell his colleagues. His daughter Linda is next to him to cover up his mistakes but she too struggles. Meanwhile a well-known restaurant owner Paolo Salino is being brutally kidnapped. Salino has been under investigation by the Malm police for a long time but he never was convicted. Wallander and his co-workers collaborate with the Malm police to solve the case. He and Jenny one of his new colleagues are getting fond of each other. Jenny is eager to solve the case but as time goes on Kurt understands that she has another agenda. The trail after the kidnapping leads straight to the police and to a violent struggle not only for those involved but specifically for Kurt Wallander himself.