Another case for Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby (John Nettles) and Detective Constable Ben Jones (Jason Hughes). The village of Midsomer Magna is devastated by the closure of the King's Crystal glassware factory. The closure comes after the seemingly accidental death of co-owner Alan King (David Firth). The factory workers are left jobless and, left with no financial security, begin to rail against accountant Peter Baxter (Ray Lonnen) and remaining co-owner Charles King (John Castle) about their redundancies. When Baxter's body is found in the water meadows, stabbed to death with a Masonic dagger, Jones suggests suicide, but pathologist Dr Bullard (Barry Jackson) and Barnaby suspect foul play.