Reduced to poverty and gin addiction Jedrington is at his lowest ebb, until his loyal and true servant Servegood restores him to sobriety by the gentle application of a massive cudgel. Reunited with Conceptiva, the two take the evil Mr Grimstone to court to demand the return of the business and their daughter. But when the judge turns out to be Grimstone's uncle Harshmore the case seems hopeless. Will the family ever be whole again? Victor's enigmatic chum Smalcolm may hold the key to everyone's happiness.