The Judges of a national poetry competition receive threatening packages and later two of them turn up dead. Suspicion falls on previously unsuccessful poets. Ambrose must protect the surviving judge, and uncovers war-time secrets that may implicate her. He is helped by DS Winters, and WPC Meadows, whose own safety is being threatened by a stalker. Meadows is injured saving the Hon Madge’s life. Was the stalker her attacker or her saviour? And where are the two boys who absconded from the local Approved School? Can Meadows and the new cockney ‘rookie’, PC Green, find them? Ambrose and his wife travel to Guernsey to learn why Robin Harvey and the Major were killed. Can he prove his case? And will it hold up in court?