The series are set in a southern coastal town in England where Alicia’s grandmother has spent all her life. James and Alicia go to join her and take up a partnership with Percy Gray as private investigators. Alicia is the receptionist from the outset and has now progressed to investigating some deals. Her first job is finding a predator who chased a young woman out for a run after work. Alicia is ecstatic after completing this successfully. Her next job is finding a missing Polish girl from a ship, who seemed to disappear after landing. She also acquitted this job quickly and caught the eye of the chief of police to be included as an official investigator.
The team was offered cold cases to work on, which they took up. The first was a girl who fell through a shop window on the second floor. The second included a bonus: they found the cocaine that the customs manager had stolen. During this case, James noticed an anomaly in a police photograph of a supposedly dead young man. He thought he saw the eyes in different positions in a sequence of photographs. The man was alive but had been marked as dead. What was going on? He found this young man in a hospital, with no memory of who he was. James used all his skills of interrogation, without pressing to find out who the young man was and how he and his brother, who did not survive the killing, came to be in England and why were they were to be killed.
Taking this case caused a tragedy for the family of Granny, Alicia, James, and Percy. They were swept up in it, and the consequence was the loss of the bookshop, apartment, and house, which was burnt down.