Harvey McHugh works as a lowly clerk in the Government's Trust Department. The building is in very bad shape and the elevator often shuts down. When Mrs Dewhurst a pensioner tells him of a 17 cent shortage in her fortnightly benefits, Harvey decides to demonstrate his efficiency by finding the money hoping this will help him get a permanent position. Instead he discovers that all pensioners and employees are deliberately being short-changed by the Government's new computer G.O.D. (the Gatherer of Data). Harvey soon finds himself moved out of the Trust Department because of his enquiries and moved to Fisheries. Harvey, unsatisfied at being moved out, accesses G.O.D. and is caught by the Minister. Harvey tells him everything about the 17 cents, not knowing it is The Minister who is responsible for the deduction. Muldoon will let nothing stand in his way of docking money from patients' pensions and government funds as he requires the money to finance Dr Voysner's research into finding a ...