Marc (August Diehl), freshly graduated from police academy, loves the clubbing lifestyle and the drugs that are part of it. On one occasion when When Detective Minks (Christian Redl) and his people raid the place, Marc escapes, but his jacket is found. Pills are found in one of the pockets, and Minks brings Marc in to discuss the matter. He offers his young colleague a tough decision: Marc will either work for him in homicide, or his career will be finished on drug possessions charges.
The two of them embark on the trail of a series of brutal killings. But there are other reasons why the cynical Detective, generally feared for his unconventional methods, wants Marc at his side. He wants to get access to a world that’s closed to him, a world which Marc frequents, a world which swallowed up his daughter Marie two years previously.
Marc’s investigation leads him to the burnt corpse of a young woman, the latest in a series of bloody murders, which all have one thing in common: the perp seems to dissects his (or their) victims with a scalpel - all of them are missing large pieces of skin. And it is no coincidence that each of the victim’s had a tattoo