The elite world of glamour and power, a world in which the privileged think they can live above other people's rules . . .
World-famous pop star Michael Gresham and his American heiress wife Pauline live in almost regal splendour in the Scottish borders. The neighbouring estate is owned by Ivar Gatehouse, the high-profile politician: breathtakingly good-looking and the possessor of both an ancient title and a beautiful wife.
Inevitably, the two families are never far from the glossy pages of nearly every high-society magazine. So, the nation is rocked when the tempestuous daughter of the Greshams disappears from the estate after her lavish 16th birthday ball. When the body is found, Earl Gatehouse is put on trial for her murder.