Havers: Well, I should get going.
Lynley:[bitterly] Yeah, yeah. Canít keep your latest beau waiting, can we?
Havers:[taken aback] Um, no. Goodnight, sir.When the body of Eric Ramsey, ex-doorkeeper of the House of Lords, is found floating in the Thames, Lynley and Havers have to probe into the affairs of the House itself. They discover that Ramseyís death is connected with the disappearance of a crucial document for a defence contract, which he had passed on to someone shortly before his murder. It soon becomes clear to Lynley and Havers that the interests of some of the most powerful men in the country are tied up with the missing document. Will they be able to find out the persons responsible, and more importantly, is it within their powers to bring those individuals to justice?On the personal side, Lynley is becoming disgruntled with Helenís utter lack of interest in resuming contact with him, while Haversí sudden interest in dating men is bewildering and perhaps upsetting him.