Stephen Fry is Peter Kingdom, the country solicitor standing up for the little guy. Despite his success, Peter Kingdom's life is overshadowed by the mysterious disappearance of his brother and business partner, Simon. In between driving round the picturesque beauty of the Norfolk landscape, investigating one case after another, Peter is constantly searching for clues to the mystery surrounding his brother's disappearance. Along the way, we meet the other members of Peter's dysfunctional family and friends. His lustful younger sister Beatrice wreaks havoc when she comes to live with him after being released from a rehabilitation clinic and dotty Aunty Auriel plays a large part in their lives. Trainee solicitor Lyle Anderson dreams of escaping the sleepy backwater for the bright lights of the metropolis and faithful receptionist Gloria Millington is Peter's confidante. As Peter drives around the village we meet the community through his eyes. Intelligent, patient and mildly eccentric, Peter Kingdom is a figure of strength and goodwill in the local community. Peter feels he has a personal responsibility for all of them.