James ‘Legs’ Diamond has come up with another off-the-wall idea, and Peter Maxwell
is in his sights. Diamond needs someone to take part in an exchange with a teacher
from the private sector, and although Maxwell went to just such a school, he is not
keen to take part in the experiment.
For once, however, his wiles fail him, and he finds himself ensconced under the eaves
in a guest room at Grimond’s school in the next county. It is only a day or so before
tragedy strikes, as a teacher from the same house – Tennyson – plunges from the roof,
literally above Maxwell’s head.
Maxwell is plunged into an atmosphere of distrust and secrecy, where the pupils seem
to hold the key. Henry Hall is full of secrets too – why are he and Jacquie on secondment,
and what is it that they’re not telling? Has Maxwell met his match on the playing
fields of Grimond’s?