1st March 2018.
When Grover gets leave and visits Bristol, he finds a city almost destroyed by German bombs and still struggling with rationing, poverty and deprivation. The small shopkeepers and businessmen are being bled dry by vicious racketeers who demand Protection money to prevent premises being wrecked and the owners beaten up. Although this has not yet befallen Ellie, Grover finds her worried and distressed because Harry has gone missing. Although Harry is not directly involved with the racketeers, a close friend of his, Nick Hope does work for them. Grover goes to look for Harry but instead discovers Nick, murdered, his throat cut.