To escape o contact placed on his life by old adversary Joe Revel, Bulman has spent 18 months in China with Lucy. On their return to England, Revel makes several attempts on Bulman's life before he is forced to acknowledge that his target is no dummy. But can the same be said of Lucy.
Bulman is hired by newspaper proprietor Lord Fairfax to investigate the death of ace crime reporter Desmond Geraldine, killed as he greeted racing correspondent Archie Ferris. The motive remains elusive- until Lucy discovers that Geraldine's girlfriend is also Lord Fairfax's mistress, and Bulman finds that Geraldine was onto a scam involving Ferris.
Bulman is honoured to receive an invitation by Commander Morrison, Head of C-13, to visit Scotland Yard. Lucy is less enthusiastic particularly when they are handed a "delicate " mission that brings them face to face with the IRA - and leads Bulman to pursue his own private war.
Bulganin goes undercover to investigate the disappearance of both butler and housekeeper on the country estate of Lord Kilmartin. While he takes on the identity of the butler, Lucy discovers that there is no registration of death for the couple; Bulman takes to the skies in order to get to the bottom of the mystery.
What does Russian intelligence officer Ragozhkin want with Bulman? And why Willie Dugdale seek Bulman help on a "security matter "? when Dugdale is found murdered, Bulman and Lucy's investigation unearths dirty work in British security - and Bulmanis reluctantly drawn into a case in which the security of the country is at stake.
Bulman's unexpected encounter with his ex-wife and her son prompts a re-assessment of his life, while a stolen dog leads to the discovery of a murder plot. Add a visit by Mr Pollock the VAT man and Bulman and Lucy are in for an unwelcome surprise.
Julian Czinner, a top civil servant,needs help; the contents of his missing briefcase could prove useful to enemies of the state. Asked to step into the line of fire once again, Bulman and Lucy find themselves becoming pawns in a game where the stakes are high - and for Bulman, life will never be the same again.