Des Connors has got problems with his son. Not only has he lent him all his savings, now he's missing. And Des isn't just worried for his money. Jack Irish hasn't got family problems; he hasn't got any family at all. So when Des, an old friend of his father, asks for a favour, Jack's eager to oblige. But it turns out young Gary Connors made a few friends that he would have been better without. And now Jack's facing the question: did he disappear of his own accord, or did one of those new friends lend a hand...?