This work looks at the mystery of how Lord Lucan escaped capture and fled the country in 1974. It also throws light on the political intrigues of that time and shows how the so called "private armies" were being funded by just such businessmen who frequented the same circles as Lucan. Britain in the late 1960s and through the 1970s teetered on a political precipice. The far right were determined to undermine the Labour movement and on several occasions they came close to staging a coup. The elusive Colonel Maggs, who planned the Earl's escape, used this favour as a lever to obtain further funding from these men who could use his services for much weightier problems and James Gurney, while only his employee, decided to tell his side of the story when he felt that the Colonel was no longer alive. Richard Wilmott is an amalgamation of several writers and researchers. The original writer was drawn into the story through his military contacts. During research into the diaries supplied by Gurney and the follow-ups he suggested, the main writer's car was destroyed in an explosion.
After being told by the investigating police officers that it was a professional job, the writer felt that he must have been stepping on someone's toes. However the research continued and all concerned tried to keep a low profile.