Jim Capstick, the Chairman of Bruton Rovers Football Club, has guided the team to great success in the Premier League since he became the majority shareholder three years ago. But his brusque business style has made him many enemies in the small Lancashire mill town that is home to the club. As Bruton Rovers fight to stay in the Premiership, the club administrators are under pressure to tackle the mounting debts that come with the modern game. Many people would stand to lose out if the club failed to make a profit, including Darren Pearson, the club secretary with a guilty secret, Robbie Black, the fiery Scottish manager, and Edward Lanchester, the board member who ran the club in the days before millionaire footballers and Middle Eastern team owners. When Jim Capstick makes a surprise announcement that will affect everyone he cannot foresee that his decision will have dire consequences. DCI 'Percy' Peach and DS Lucy Blake find they have their work cut out for them when foul play occurs - everyone has a motive but which of the suspects is capable of murder - ?