Skin Deep is a thriller set in the Dublin art world. Karl, a struggling artist, owes money to his landlord, a photographer called Dan. Karl is stuck for inspiration, when one day he hits upon an idea, involving a huge favour from his friend Susan, a medical student moonlighting in a hospital mortuary. Dan's girlfriend Ruth writes a weekly column on her love-life. As Karl's work elevates him to celebrity status, Ruth becomes suspicious of the secrets to his success.