A journalist friend of the Saint is murdered whilst working undercover within the newly-revived British Nazi Party. The Saint links up with Lady Valerie who was employed by Kane Luker, the party leader, to lure the young writer to his death. Valerie is in possession of papers given her by the dead man with which she hopes to blackmail Luker but Luker and his followers seize her and the Saint, leaving them to perish in an 'accidental' fire. Can the Saint get them out of this very hot situation?
When George Hackett loses out to the well-connected Sam Purdell in the election of mayor of the town of Seatondean, Hackett is convinced that Purdell is corrupt, and, in the course of looking for proof to back his claim, he is murdered. The Saint, a friend of Sam's family, puts Purdell to the test by offering him a bribe which Purdell angrily refuses. The Saint is now sure that Purdell is in fact honest but being manipulated by another interested party, whom he manages to flush out for a showdown on top of a local building site.
Whilst on a fishing trip in Canada the Saint encounters Professor Mueller. He is being forced to defect to the Russians with a satellite system he has invented in exchange for the release of his family, who are being held hostage. The professor is taken by a middle-man to a remote lake where a sea-plane, piloted by an agent called Netchideff, lands. Netchideff kills the middle-man and is about to leave with the professor but gives the Saint a 'sporting chance' to best him.
The Saint re-encounters a young friend, Bill Fulton, who loves and is loved by Meryl Vascoe, the sweet daughter of a smug millionaire who forbids her to marry a man with no prospects. Vascoe has an exquisite art collection and a state of the art security system but the Saint bets him that he will be robbed within the week. Assorted opportunists seem likely candidates to deflate Vascoe, including the Saint himself, who has been known to break the law in a good cause, but the ultimate identity of the benevolent burglar is surprising indeed.
The Saint reads in a newspaper that wealthy businessman Marvin Chase was badly burnt in a car crash that killed his young assistant Bertram Tamblin. Nora Prescott, a friend of the Saint,works for Chase and is perplexed when he asks her to sell off some of his business interests. She approaches the Saint for his help but is murdered before she can explain further.The Saint assists the police investigating the murder and is surprised that Chase's head and hands are always bandaged. Chase's daughter Ellen confides in the Saint that there was something highly suspicious ...