The school outing to the Museum of the Moving Image is not an unqualified success. For in the darkened cinema complex of MOMI two members of the party disappear without trace. As the instigator of the doomed trip, Peter “Mad Max” Maxwell feels personally responsible for the fate of the missing teacher, Alice Goode, and sixth form pupil, Ronnie Parson. His search for the missing pair drags him into a world far removed from the essay crises and staff-room banter of Leighford High. Sucked into the sleazy and sinister work of Soho and the porn industry, Maxwell finds himself ensnared in a mesh of blackmail, vice – and murder.