It's the late 1980s and Sharmouth Borough Council is having a difficult time. Money has been lost on speculative financial deals, budget cutbacks threaten redundancies and the whiff of corruption is in the air. Worse still, one of the accountants dies in a car crash and Chief Accountant Dave Winner finds ten thousand pounds in banknotes hidden in his desk. Winner teams up with auditor Sally Travis to get to the bottom of things, but their investigations soon bring them into conflict with Miles Cavendish, a powerful local businessman who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Ill-suited to a James Bond lifestyle, our heroes lurch from comic incompetence to improbable success, but corruption always has a price.