It's three decades since Leslie Titmuss first entered Parliament and began his rise to the very height of government during the Thatcher years. But now the Conservative government faces a difficult by-election after the death of the sitting Tory MP. Terry Flitton, the New Labour candidate, is confident of victory. But even he is surprised to receive a call from Lord Titmuss suggesting a highly confidential meeting. It seems Titmuss knows a great deal about Terry and about the late and unmouned MP.