In Part One – Trigger Motorcyclist
Stephen Paterson has witnessed a fatal road traffic accident in which a
motorcyclist is seriously injured. At the scene he meets four
friends of the injured man and subsequently offers them hospitality in
his home. There two of the four friends tell him of their
background, of their group of friends, from which Stephen learns they
are all gay. They all learn that the injured motorcyclist, Chaz,
is likely to be hospitalised for at least three, possibly, four months
because of his injuries.
In Part Two - Recovery Stephen not only continues to offer hospitality,
but also extends it to include a good dozen or so of Chaz’s immediate
circle of friends.
A close friend of Stephen’s, police sergeant John Porter, is uneasy
about Stephen’s generosity and cautions him accordingly. However,
as John meets more and more of Chaz’s friends, he slowly finds himself
agreeing with Stephen. John’s observation also leads him to
reveal something very private about himself, which astonishes
Stephen: John, too, is not only gay but has met somebody.
Stephen steadfastly refuses to join in with the group’s motorcycle runs
and declines their invitations to ride over to their home town to meet
them in their local pub. He, however, introduces all of them to
his own local pub landlady Mary and her husband Tom, who make them all
An inquest into the dead motorist is held which does not prove to be so
straightforward as it should have been. The evidence reveals a
connection with an international gang of drug smugglers, a driver who
may have worked for the employers of Rusty, Chaz’s closest friend.
Over the weeks a firm friendship develops between Stephen and Chaz’s
friends, although he doesn’t visit Chaz himself.
Stephen does eventually accept an invitation to stay with Rusty one
week end, during the course of which he visits the studios of a
television producer, Craig, who is another of Chaz’s friends. At
the studio he is able to help Craig when a computer programme
fails. Subsequently he returns to make the temporary software
A few weeks later Stephen once again stays at Rusty’s apartment and,
during a subsequent visit to a pub, makes a comment which horrifies