Detective Sergeant Nicky Cole has his work cut out from the start...
After blowing the whistle on Police corruption in London, Dominic 'Nicky' Cole's superiors have him relocated to Newcastle. There, the Detective Sergeant finds himself stuck on a permanent nightshift, working across all departments: murder, robbery and vice - with colleagues who seem determined to see him fail.
Having dragged his uncle Errol and seven year-old nephew Matty with him to the predominantly white North East, Nicky attempts to come to terms with his career change. Although hampered by suspicious colleagues, he finds a surprising ally in Sergeant Astel and his intellectual match in Claire Maxwell, a strong-willed - and attractive - CPS lawyer.
Armed with a self-effacing manner and a lively sense of humour, he soon proves his worth as a detective. But can Nicky juggle the demands of the Tyneside Police, a surrogate family and a new relationship?