The bodies of two bodyguards are found shot in the beautiful Franschhoek wine valley, but the British citizen they were meant to be protecting is gone; his passport left behind. The spent shell cases bear the engraving of the flaring head of a cobra. Meanwhile, in Cape Town, a skilled pickpocket is using his talents to put his sister through school. But one day he is caught. Security guards begin to question him, only to be killed with consummate ease by a stranger who leaves behind the distinctive shell cases. With the help of his colleagues, Detective Benny Griessel rushes to untangle a case that only grows more complex --- and someone may not make it out alive.