In the midst of a strike at a local coal mine, DCI Bain finds himself investigating the murder of 17-year old Lesley Price, a local prostitute. She had witnessed a scab being beaten up by some of the strikers and then got into a car believed to be owned by Roderick Tate, the strike leader. Bain comes under political pressure from local Labour party officials to either arrest Tate or leave him alone. He also has to deal with the local constabulary who object to Bain being on their patch and who have a similar unsolved murder from three years before. When a local man confesses to the killing, Bain refuses to accept the evidence and remains convinced Tate is their man.
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A Welsh-language version, entitled Y Fagddu, was also made for transmission in Wales. See more