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15th February 1935. The Long March. Sichuan Province, China. In the heat of the battle of Tucheng, a heavily pregnant woman delivers the baby of a high cadre. In desperate retreat from the enemy, the baby is reluctantly given away to a milk less old peasant woman, bribed with silver dollars and a small bag of opium. Changmao, 150 kilometres east of central Shanghai. Over half a century later? In the depth of night a young comrade, almost still a child, is handed a flaming torch by a gnarled general. Words of a new revolution whispered into the young comrades ears after years of instruction and indoctrination. The first house to burn, the house of his own mother. Every other house to follow, along with their inhabitants? Twelve hours later? An entire village burnt to the ground, it's population incinerated. The ruins of the village bulldozed over, as if it never existed. All signs bearing its name, removed. What used to be its location, removed from maps. And all overseen by State Security. This is the situation that Senior Investigator Sun Piao of the Homicide Squad of the Public Security Bureau and his deputy, the Big Man, stumble upon. Invited only out of courtesy and misguided protocol to the scene of crime, but not allowed to investigate it; their role is only to be that of errand boys, asked to sign a report that they know to be a lie. A lie that will bury the mystery of the village that no longer exists, even deeper. Refusing to sign the report places Piao and his Deputy Investigators positions and lives at risk. Their investigation unearthing, from the most meagre of evidence, facts that confuse, yet intrigue. Amongst the villagers who were incinerated, there were no male children, all removed from the village before fire consumed it? and now missing. And the body of an elderly peasant woman from the village, her remains now honoured with burial in a place of great privilege paid for by the Politburo.