Nick has been offered a job with the anti-drugs-unit within Scotland Yard. But his loyalties are tested when his old friend, Alan Maskell is charged as an accessory to car theft, even thought he helped the team to catch the real thieves. Feeling betrayed by Nick, Alan goes on the run, and Nick's search for him leads him back to his roots. Can he convince Alan to face his court hearing? and will he leave Aidensfield just as he and Kate are becoming part of the community? Meanwhile, Kate is concerned for the landlord of the Aidensfield Arms, George Ward, but he refuses medical help, even though he clearly needs it. And, Blaketon is in high spirit when Greengrass is caught trying to sell stolen sheep.