Hine is frustrated at the slow progress in Whitehall on approving his deal with Rashid for fifty tanks. Walpole Gibb supports the deal, even if he dislikes Hine and the grubby backhanders his involvement in the deal introduce, nor is he impressed when Hine signs in as a 'Russian Agent' on visiting Gibb in his office. Matters are not helped when the British Army, alerted to the deal by Astor Harris, insist their deliveries take priority. Sir Christopher Pendle, chairman of the firm manufacturing the tanks, may also dislike Hine but wants to see the export deal go through, leaving Harris to try and persuade the Army to compromise on their deliveries - even if only for the sake of appearance, knowing that Rashid will not. Hine has one more way of applying pressure: starting to broker a deal with a Swedish firm instead, arrangements he knows Gibb will learn of. With Gibb unable to guarantee agreement to the deal - even after having Hine held at Heathrow by security - Hine has no choice ...