A Cabinet Minister and others suffer food poisoning and foul play may be at work. A rapist killer escaped from prison. A baby lost at childbirth and the mother in danger — whilst her husband makes a very pointed threat to the Doctor involved. Were the threats idle? Meanwhile, there is rape, violence, gangs of thieves and a variety of petty misdemeanours to be dealt with. Who better to cope with all of this than George Gideon of Scotland Yard, whose courage, integrity, dependability and old fashioned common sense is all undoubted, but he has troubles of his own ….