Redvers Potter arrives at work to find his nameplate being removed from his office door. At 12pm his company, Pottermints, is to be taken over but, until then, he is still in charge and he means to assert every last vestige of authority he has.
A trip to the library causes Potter to catch the bus and it "savages" his umbrella. To make matters worse, his sister, Harriet, is staying the night with her artist husband, Willy. They have parked their caravanette on the drive and Potter doesn't trust it.
Potter and the Vicar encounter Harry Tooms for the first time when he is caught cheating on the golf course. Potter decides that gangsters are very charitable when it comes to the church and sends Tolly in to get a donation!