In furtherance of some nebulous dream of a better life on the other side of the world, Hugh Button, former Detective Inspector with the Metropolitan Police, is starting again as a patrol constable in Auckland, New Zealand.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. But now he is here alone, with no family, no stuff, a wooden shack in the middle of nowhere and what amounts to constructive demotion – or possibly career suicide.
Two months in, Hugh still has no stuff and no family, but he's learning to live with it. The 2011 Rugby World Cup – and the ensuing chaos on New Zealand’s streets – is going full steam ahead, his beloved family are due to arrive in just one more month, and with the fractious bonds he has made with his colleagues on Section Three, life is maybe a little less surreal than when he touched down.
But only a little. Relearning the art of patrol work, Hugh and the rest of Section Three respond to a spectrum of calls that range from the violent to the exhilarating, from the tragic to the tender, from the hilarious to the just plain weird.
In the meantime, there is a shadow over Auckland. The shadow of a night stalker. The shadow of fear and violation. An obsessive creeper, on the prowl, whose hunger for breaking into houses and forcing himself upon the occupants is growing by the day…
Meet Section Three - Hugh 'Harfnar' Button, Shane 'Kilimanjaro' Nicol, Steve 'Fat' Chance, 'Fun' Gus Edwards, 'Auntie' Flo Casey, Rose Klein, Victor 'Gin' Gimlett, Viliamu 'Daddy' Fa'aosofia and Toby Nash. When people in Auckland dial 111, these are the guys that come running...