Hailed as the king of sleaze, tabloid editor Dennis Luxford is used to ferreting out the sins and scandals of people in exposed positions. But when he opens an innocuous-looking letter addressed to him at The Source, he discovers that someone else excels at ferreting out secrets as well. Ten-year-old Charlotte Bowen has been abducted, and if Luxford does not admit publicly to having fathered her, she will die.
But Charlottes existence is Luxfords most fiercely guarded secret, and acknowledging her as his child will throw more than one life and career into chaos. Luxford knows that the story of Charlottes paternity could make him a laughingstock and reveal to his beautiful wife and son the lie hes lived for a decade. Yet its not only Luxfords reputation thats on the line its also the reputation - and career - of Charlotte Bowens mother.
For she is Undersecretary of State for the Home Office, one of the most high-profile Junior Ministers and quite possibly the next Margaret Thatcher. Knowing that her political future hangs in the balance, Eve Bowen refuses to let Luxford damage her career by printing the story or calling the police. So the editor turns to forensic scientist Simon St.
James for help. Its a case that fills St. James with disquiet, however, for none of the players in the drama seem to react the way one would expect.