Falling asleep on the bus after a hard day's work, Joe finds himself stranded in the East End, disorientated in the heavy fog and innocently embroiled in a violent encounter.
The incident ends in murder and Joe is accused - of the real villains there remains not a trace. But his memory of that fateful night, and a clue to the identity of the murderers, helps him through his time in prison and fuels his desire to uncover the truth.
His quest leads him back to the East End and to the Ship and Castle pub, run by the mysterious and formidable Queenie . . .