Robert Hansen is a city cop in Copenhagen, Denmark, until an unsettling domestic issue sees him banished to the small rural community of Skarrild. He is assigned as the new town marshal in a place that seems to have very little regard for his responsibilities.
Robert has one awkward encounter after another with the various townspeople, including the junkie town doctor, the ill-tempered shopkeeper, and the tragic married couple of Ingerlise and Jørgen. Ingerlise purports to Robert that Jørgen gets drunk and abuses her, while simultaneously coming on to him. Jørgen, for his part, denies this, and instead claims Ingerlise is out for attention. Robert tries to keep his head down and stay out of things, in the hope he will soon be returned to Copenhagen.
Things turn tragic, however, when Robert does eventually get involved, leading to an accident that leaves Ingerlise dead and Jørgen the prime suspect. With blood on his hands and Jørgen suspicious, Robert finds himself in a fight to keep his head above water as the town's suspicions grow deeper and deeper.