When the body of a reclusive artist is found on a stretch of waste land in the small English town of Rutherford Detective Inspector Steve Winwood has only a name and the local knowledge of an antiquarian bookseller to help him. A connection is established between the artist and a taxi driver but the latter is found lifeless having been bound and gagged and abandoned in his own luxury limo. Winwood and DS Tibble get some unexpected help from Tony Meehan the local reporter who is looking into the proposed future of the waste land between the bypass and the new housing estate. As Winwood and Meehan’s enquiries continue to coincide it seems that corruption is rife at the highest levels of the local Council; and a property development company is found to be waging a dirty tricks campaign. The town’s heritage is under threat. Both the detective and the journalist are advised to seek help from the Underground; but who are they and where can they be found?