Set at the end of 2009, the book follows a tumultuous two week period in the life of Marcus Edge. An insurance broker unjustly banned by Lloyd's of London, who is barely scratching a living as an insurance claims investigator. He is framed for murder of his arch-rival, and then goes on the run.
Marcus Edge has to fathom the business intrigues of Sir Hugh Masterson, nicknamed 'The Scorpion'; a wealthy shipping magnate, owner of a Lloyd's Insurance Broking firm and Marcus Edge's father-in-law.
The story is a helter skelter ride of high's and low's, during which Edge has to unravel a number of mysterys to save his life and reputation.