'The Man of Dogs' tells the story of Paul Rochdale, who one stormy day, sees a boy jump into the sea to save his dog.
Paul runs in to rescue the boy but is unsuccessful, he is unable to reach the boy and the boy drowns. The dog, Billy, survives and a friendship forms between the two.
Things become complicated after Paul reports the drowned child to the authorities. It seems there have been no reports of a missing child and the police simply do not believe Paul.
Also on the beach that day were a middle-aged couple, Ted and Mary Tindall, who claim they saw no child, only Paul diving into a dangerous sea with all his clothes on. There was however one other witness, Dora Lycett (otherwise known as Dora the Explorer). Dora is infamous as a hoax caller and was once a semi-professional private eye. The police believe neither Paul nor Dora.
Paul and Dora join forces with Dora’s once step-daughter, Cath – who, as it happens, is a police constable. The three of them begin their own investigation and slip into the dark underworld of hypnotism and death stalks them, with frightening consequences for all.
There is more than a missing child to contend with, as Paul realizes, a little too late, that his dog, Billy, is not exactly who he seems.