This is my first serious attempt at a synopsis for this book. I would really appreciate anybody's thoughts on it. Dick, a bric-a-brac dealer and recovering heroin addict meets newcomer Maisie, a teacher, at a recovery meeting. Maisie is there in the hopes that she can avoid relapsing on the heroin she has just scored. Dick, immediately attracted to her and, in a misguided attempt to impress, lies and says he is a private detective. Maisie, who has only been clean for a short while, is confused and desperate having just had her laptop stolen from work and subsequently receiving a blackmail letter. There is a video on the laptop showing her injecting drugs and having adventurous sex. The ransom demand is to re-enact the sex with the blackmailer. Afraid to call the police she resigns herself to complying, and scores some heroin to cope. When Dick tells his absurd lie, which she sees through quite soon, she decides to ask him for help, playing along for now. Together they begin to formulate a plan to identify the blackmailer. Dick calls on a friend in recovery, Gemma, an ex-burglar and computer whiz, to help out. By now Dick and Maisie have become lovers, a state of affairs Dick is both delighted and troubled by. Gemma follows the prime suspect, establishing where he lives. Their plan is simple; break in and retrieve the laptop. However, things become complicated when Gemma discovers copies of the videos on an SD card and the probability he has copies in a cloud account. As she looks at the other files on that card a far greater problem emerges. This man is filming himself raping drugged young women. For Gemma this is a red flag, she is a survivor of abuse herself. Taking care not to leave any traces, she leaves and reports her findings to Dick and Maisie. The game has changed. The original goal to protect Maisie's career and retrieve her laptop is set aside when they agree the priority is bringing the rapist to justice. They consider going to the police and telling all, but they know the evidence they have so far is useless. Illegally obtained and tainted. They plan a second break-in. Gemma makes copies of everything she can find. When they review this material, Maisie recognises some of her students and Gemma discerns a pattern. There is one video of the girls drugged then one or two of them fully conscious, but clearly distressed. It would seem he drugs them, films himself raping them, then blackmails them into having more sex. Gemma goes back in and does three things. She clones the SD card on which the videos appear. On the blackmailer's laptop, which she has hacked, she installs some video editing software and runs a few spoof upscaling attempts of video files identical in size to the ones of Maisie. She substitutes the cloned card for the blackmailers one leaving the original in a slightly different spot. She corrupts the videos of Maisie so they are unwatchable on all the cards, Maisie's laptop, which she has found along with several others, as well as the ones in his DropBox account, which she has also hacked into. The corruption is blameable on the upscaling attempts. All they need now is a compelling reason for the police to get a search warrant. This means getting a victim to make a statement. They approach Suki, who Maisie clearly recognised, who eventually confirms what has been happening to her, but refuses to speak to the police. Maisie, frustrated by this comes dangerously close to relapse again. Suki then has a change of heart and agrees to make a statement. With Suki's testimony and the evidence unearthed by Gemma, they approach Sgt Alice Marshal, a police officer who had been good to Gemma in the past. The stage is set for a raid on the rapists flat. As the police search, it becomes clear to Sgt Marshal that the rapist has somehow got wind of his impending arrest and cleaned house. She fears Suki's testimony alone may not be enough to secure a conviction. Gemma insists they keep looking when Sgt Marshal calls her with the bad news, knowing they will find the most damning piece of evidence of all, the original flash card she had moved, just in case. The card is found, the rapist is arrested and charged. Images of two other men are also found. Sgt Marshal asks if anyone can put names to the faces. Gemma is stunned when she sees the face of her stepfather, the man who repeatedly raped her as a teenager. Gemma gets to testify against, and expose the crimes of, her stepfather. Dick and Maisie are now free to discover the full potential of what has so far been a confusing relationship.