When would-be journalist Alex Lane gets a job producing a newsletter for a chemical company he little realises that all is not as it seems.
The company manufactures various own-label products for supermarkets. Its chief executive, Max Essex, has plans for it to be launched on the London stock market, and by so doing make himself very rich.
To this end he wants it to manufacture its own brand of products and to do this as quickly and cheaply as possible. The gap between what