A funeral in the family forces Alan Saxon to go home and confront the father he hates. Old wounds are reopened and he beats a hasty retreat. Though he flies off to the Far East, he cannot outrun his problems.
His first port of call is Bangkok where he plays a round of golf with an old friend, Sam Limsong. Pleasure is soon overshadowed by some alarming developments, and he flies on to Tokyo with deep misgivings.
Contracted to make an instructional video, Saxon falls foul of his host, the tyrannical Shoei Ogino, head of a giant corporation who is obsessed with the game of golf. In Ogino's relationship with his sons, Saxon sees parallels with his own father's attitudes. Those parallels are thrown into sharper relief when Ogino is murdered.
Saxon is caught up in the family chaos and drawn into a relationship with the delectable Mitsu, bereaved daughter of Ogino. Problems multiply for the British golfer, but he continues to fly the flag bravely....