Henry Beaumont keeps a renowned pack of foxhounds, quick, brave, and ruthless at the kill. One December hunt, the dogs uncover more than a fox in the woodlands - brushing aside dead leaves, Beaumont finds the crushed body of Martin Reynard, a former member of his own household. Enraged, Henry, though he is not trained in investigation, swears to find the killer, but his impetuosity and rudimentary skills lead him to arrest a man of questionable guilt. Fortunately, the King’s Commissioners Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret, in the area to settle a land dispute, are available to lend their expertise. Upon close consideration of the circumstances leading up to the grisly murder, the two Domesday Commissioners begin a full-scale investigation designed to bring the true murderer to justice, whoever he may be.