We are back in Badger's Drift again, this time for the Midsomer Rock Festival. One of the acts hired to play is a once-legendary group called 'Hired Gun'. Tom Barnaby was a big fan and he is thrilled that they will be performing there. Jones and others are not as enthusiastic about it, however.
Naturally, the festival needs a 'police presence' and so Barnaby makes certain that he is there ... Just doing his 'duty' of course... (It's great to see Barnaby showing such genuine enthusiasm for something and John Nettles did a terrific job of portraying this.) The enjoyment of the festival, however, soon turns sour when lead singer Mimi Clifton (very well played by Suzi Quatro) is electrocuted whilst on stage. When other members of the band start dying, the lead singer, Gary Cooper, is convinced that someone by the name of Ginger Foxton, a former member of the band who disappeared many years ago, is out to get them all as he has been receiving threats for some time. Barnaby remembers the case of Ginger Foxton well because he worked on it as a young officer.
With bodies piling up and a possible sighting of Ginger Foxton, Cooper is convinced that they will all soon be dead but Barnaby has others ideas about exactly who is responsible for the crimes.
A highlight of this episode is when John Nettles plays a guitar riff with Jack 'Axeman' McKinley (played by James Cosmo) which is very funny to watch! Also, this is the first episode in which we see Simon Dixon (Sam Hazeldine) who will later end up marrying Tom's daughter, Cully.