"One day he would return to Britain in triumph and reclaim what he had worked all his life for. John would survive."
Years have passed since John reclaimed the Imperial Longford shipyard. World War One is on the horizon. From his new base in Southern England, John plots to ramp up his profits and begin an ambitious project to rebuild the whole town of Motbridge.
But there are more problems than the looming European war.
Motbridge's trade union, led by best friend Leslie Hughes, is gearing up to take on John's plans. With John's powerful new friends and a brand new battleship in the making, the standoff between the haves and have nots has begun.
Which side will blink first?