Drug addict Graham Youngman dies a lonely death in a squalid bedsit and a Coroner’s jury finds for accidental heroin overdose. Only college dropout Charlotte Bennett knows the truth but when she cries “Murder” no one will listen. Anxious to obtain justice for her friend, Charlotte tells her story to David Grant, a young defence solicitor who represented Graham in the Courts. He does believe her and agrees, for undisclosed reasons of his own, to help her to hunt down Graham’s killers, with help from an unexpected source.
Peter Lawton is an experienced Detective Sergeant in the County Drugs Squad. He, too, was aware of Charlotte’s allegations but was bound by Force politics and financial constraints to accept the jury’s verdict. He agrees to give discreet help and support to David and Charlotte in their search until such time as they can present sufficient evidence to have the case re-opened.
David and Charlotte face many dangers as little by little they expose the city’s drugs trading network and identify Graham’s killers, opposed by a ruthless organisation who will resort to grievous bodily harm, kidnap, murder and subornation of public officers, to protect their empire. It is the gangsters themselves who are eventually driven to achieve a kind of justice for Graham when they spring James Starr – head of the city’s illegal drugs scene – from prison and execute him.
Drawn together by their efforts to discover who was responsible for Graham’s death, David and Charlotte also find love together.