Oscar Verhulst, age 40, marries Lucy van Delden at age 18, it's her father's last wish.
Many years after the marriage, Oscar wants to divorce, because he knows his wife is unfaithful, out of the marriage he wants custody of their only child, Gieltje.
His lawyer Bert de Vos advises him to hire the young, ambitious lawyer and his pupil, Eric Hoogland.
Henri Bolleman advises a friend to hire Eric, but expects a finder fee for it. Nicolle thinks Eric will become the lawyer for the underworld and is not happy with him being the lawyer for Verhulst. Roel frames Lucy by creating car trouble for her, after she met with Peter. While Lucy was having car trouble, Gieltje was standing outside the school and he attracts unwanted attention.
Eric has yet again won a case in court, this time it's a case of a mentally unstable shop lifter.
The attack on Gieltje seems to be the work of Oscar and Roel, to secure custody by Oscar.
Lucy agrees to the terms of the divorce, excluding the boy is send to boarding school, however this is ignored by Oscar when the divorce is final.
Peter is introduced to Oscar, Roel tells Oscar, Peter is behind a lot of their deals. Lucy, who is having an affair with Peter, trusts him completely.
Meanwhile Gieltje escapes from the boarding school and runs to his mother's place.
Eric is persuaded to buy a car from Henri and to celebrate they go to a restaurant. In the restaurant a drunk Lucy, who coincidentally is there aswell. confronts Eric.
Eric is defeated by Bert in court over a case of a presumed stolen lottery ticket.
Nicolle pleads at Lucy's to give her boyfriend Eric another chance a councilor.
Roel is working out his plan to get hold of Oscar's money, he starts by intimidating Betsie and Lucy.
Eric and Nicolle are shocked when a brick is thrown through their window.
Roel is promoted to assistant director and immediately given the task of taking charge of the project 'Santa Domingo'.
Eric is investigating Lucy's finances, but is directy confronted by Bert about it.
Eric is warned yet again by Bert, but also by the Deken for the contact he still has with Lucy.
Meanwhile Oscar tells Roel, Gieltje is not his son and Henri invites Emilie for diner.
Eric brings Nicolle to the train station, where they meet an old schoolmate of Eric, who lives in Paris.
While Nicolle is in Paris, Eric spends the night at Lucy's. Nicolle is unable to reach Eric and suspects something is wrong. Although she grows more and more towards Ab, she decides to go back home early.
Lucy and Eric are caught in the act by Nicolle and Nicolle decides to kick Eric out of their home. Meanwhile Roel fires Eric's dad for suspects espionage. Later on Oscar leaves for Spain together with Roel to see the status of the project they're working on. Back in Holland, Van de Velde comes with a plan to clean his sheet, but when he has a talk to Weber, who thinks differently, he doesn't know what to do. Over at Lucy's apartment Peter sets a trap for Eric.
Eric is convinced Lucy has been setup by Peter, however Lucy can't remember anything. The project in Spain is a complete failure and the shareholder aren't happy and they start an investigation of their own. When Henri arrives in Spain and checks the property of which he is offered job for as a promoter, he declines the offer.Meanwhile back in Holland Lucy and Eric are preparing for a court case against Oscar. While Lucy and Eric are asleep, Peter and Roel are "fixing" Eric's car.
Eric and Lucy drove in to the canal, Eric survives, but where is Lucy. Meanwhile Henri is arrested on suspicion of sabotage, however the evidence is pointing more and more towards Peter. When the shareholder hear what's been going on in Spain, they decide to confront Oscar with this fact. When Roel hears about it, he proposes Oscar to flee to Malta.
Oscar has hung himself and Gieltje is left with no parents and put in a foster home. However he decides to escape and runs to the empty Verhulst villa. Meanwhile Eric has gone to Amsterdam and disappears in the dark streets of Amsterdam. Emilie is very concerned and asks Henri to go look for him.