The mysterious murder of an environmental activist leads her straight-laced father, an Inspector of the local police force, through a haunting revelation of the murkiness of the British Nuclear Policy of the eighties.
When his daughter Emma is murdered, cop Craven discovers, that she was in a GAIA group of activists occupied with exposing Northmoor nuclear waste storage facility for illegal activities.
The police close in on their suspect, Lowe, who is severely injured in a fall while trying to escape. Dying, he tells Craven he was working with McCroon, a terrorist Craven had had convicted in Northern Ireland. Emma’s boyfriend, Terry Shields, tells Craven that she was investigating a hot cell in Northmoor; he is later killed. Craven meets Harcourt and Pendleton at the House of Commons where an inquiry is taking place into the sale of International Irradiated Fuels (IIF) – Northmoor’s owners – to the Fusion Corporation of Kansas, owned by Jerry Grogan. Pendleton tells Craven that he believes Grogan was behind Emma’s death. Returning to Yorkshire for Emma’s funeral, Craven is refused permission to seek a warrant to enter Northmoor. Returning home, he is observed by McCroon.