Invalided from the Police Force, Chas Barker, is recovering when he is offered the chance of employment in the pub and club trade. His only knowledge of pubs is from the customer side of the bar but he soon discovers skulduggery abounds. After finding himself without work for a second time, he decides to buy his own pub. After being thwarted many times by an old adversary, he decides that as an opportunity arises, he will take his revenge.
Following his marriage, Jake returns home to find his bride of one week murdered. In despair and with revenge on his mind, he suffers a breakdown. With the police investigation gone cold, justice seems to be unlikely. However, further events unfold, and once again, Jakes life is threatened by old foes.