aith,the recently adopted baby daughter of Stephen and Frances Groves, is abducted in broad daylight,leading Gently and Bacchus to the home for unmarried mothers from where the couple got Faith. Mrs Dunwoody,the owner,tells them that Faith had a twin brother and the mother Susan Faulkner disappeared with him after Faith's adoption but,when traced,Susan is unable to help the enquiry. After a kidnap ransom demand proves to be a red herring Gently discovers that both Frances and Stephen have guilty secrets from the past,which,in one case,will solve the case. Bacchus meanwhile reconciles with his father after years of hostility.

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