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Ch. Supt. Brownlow and Ch. Supt. Mannion are on the panel for a Metropolitan Police hearing against a sergeant who is charged with disobeying a direct order which resulted in the serious injury of another officer. Mannion is easily convinced of the sergeant's guilt, but Brownlow isn't so sure.
D.I. Deakin and D.S. Beech take part in a high-stakes poker match.
A young boy, Ashley Palmer, goes missing, and D.C. Skase is positive that he has been abducted by his mother's boyfriend, Peter Gough. Investigating with P.C. Klein, Skase questions Ashley's friend Jason Toomey, who says he saw Ashley get into a car the previous night. Skase tells Klein that Toomey has identified the make of vehicle car and given a partial registration number, the details matching those of Gough's car. The officers search the car and arrest Gough on drugs charges, and when blood is found in the car, it looks like Skase was right. When Ashley's father says it was his car that the boy got into, Skase's case starts to fall apart. Confined to his desk by a furious D.C.I. Meadows, Skase works out that Ashley's friend Danny Gough knows he's on a boat, the "Josie-May". He races to the dock and is horrified to find that Ashley has died after fighting with Danny. D.C.I. Meadows vows to charge Skase with perverting the course of justice - whether he does or not, Rod Skase's career in the police is over.moreless