The City Brewery in London is owned by a globalised financial mega-corporation of rapacious immensity, but a monstrous seeping presence has arrived which threatens the entire doleful colossus. Can Arthur Bilt, Brewer and Head Brewer for the best part of half a century, aided by his clever but underfunded assistant, avert approaching apocalypse? Can they avoid Thrisk's pernicious attempts at staff decimation for long enough to unlock the horrifying secrets encoded within Miss Millipond's archive? Can senior managers re-apportion blame fast enough to retain their suits? Will the great career of Sir Richard Podium ever attain the explosive climax demanded by his increasingly manic trans-planetary ambitions? Bilt decides upon a final assault of desperate proportion but it could all go horribly wrong.