Ralph Pemberton, a mild-mannered man with a weak heart has been accused of looting. His fingerprints place him at the scene and he refuses to offer an alibi. While Ralph waits in jail for the judge to pass sentence, Toby Whitby must try to find what Ralph was doing while the bombs were falling and the city was burning.
When Ralph declares that it is his patriotic duty to keep silent, Toby must find his own answers to the questions that will save his client. Where are Ralph's children? Why is Ralph’s wife desperate for money? What happened to Ralph’s bicycle, and what is happening in the bicycle sheds at Buckingham Palace.
In the first ever Toby Whitby story, we are introduced to a determined young lawyer who will run into a burning building to save his client, even when the client does not want to be saved.