The year is 1982 and Glasgow is in shock following the horrific murder of two-year-old Brian Wilcox. After Paddy's 10-year-old cousin ends up being charged with the crime she faces a choice between the two defining elements in her life. Paddy ends up deciding to put family first and decides not to use her inside track on the story to secure her first major scoop as a reporter. Her colleague Heather though ends up putting Meehan family splashed across the front pages. Paddy decides to look into the case to prove her cousin's innocence after being shunned by her family.
The newspaper team are shocked by the death of a colleague and it soon becomes evident to Paddy that she is out of her depth. Terry ends up helping Paddy close in on her prime suspect but, without any real proof, no one will believe her so she ends up planting evidence on him and informs the police. After realising that she could have implicated the wrong man, she opens up to the one person at the newspaper she truly trusts, Dr Pete. Paddy ends up being kidnapped by the real killer after she attempts to go to the police.
It is 1984 and in Glasgow Paddy Meehan now has her dream job as a news reporter working alongside George McVie. Everything changes though following the arrival of new Editor-in-Chief, Maloney, a no-nonsense woman who is determined to bring the newspaper into the modern age. Maloney and Devlin are soon at loggerheads in the newsroom. Following a call about a disturbance in an affluent part of the city leads Paddy and McVie to uncover dirty tricks, police corruption, a government cover-up and murder.
As Paddy’s investigation continues it uncovers a dirty tricks campaign against the miners' union, police corruption and a government cover-up leaving both Paddy and her colleagues in danger.