Blackbeard's master plan faces obstacles when a popular pirate captain arrives. Meanwhile, Kate asks Tom to examine her husband, and Tim discovers a corpse in the harbor.
Supt Jane Tennison is very happy in her relationship with Dr Patrick Schofield. A series of murders takes place similar to those that Jane has previously investigated. If they are committed by the same person then Jane is faced with a possible miscarriage of justice. The man convicted of the previous murders, George Marlow, is still in prison. Jane is suspended from the case. George always protested his innocence and a book has been written to help prove this. Jane discovers that Patrick has read the book and begins to wonder if Patrick is using her for his own research and feels betrayed. Jane needs to discover for herself if George is really innocent or if these are copy-cat crimes, as she believes them to be.moreless
Childminder Carolyn Norwood arrives at the home of 14-month-old Vicki Warwick to discover that the baby's mother Susan has been attacked and baby Vicki has been taken. Jane Tennison has just been discharged from hospital having terminated her pregnancy. She has now been promoted to superintendent. When Susan starts to recover she tells Jane that she has seen a strange man with two little girls watching her and her baby in the park. The description fits that of paedophile Chris Hughes, who has recently come out of prison. Could he be Jane's prime suspect?moreless
The British Prime Minister himself calls at Baker Street to seek Holmes's help with a political crisis. A highly confidential letter from a foreign power has been stolen from the Secretary of State for European Affairs, threatening the world with war. Minutes after the Prime Minister's departure, Holmes receives another visit, from a veiled lady.
In his investigation, a bloodstain is clearly an important clue, but whose is the blood? Holmes sees through the deceptions of great and small alike.