Xander Harrington is fatally stabbed in the neck at the party where he was presented by pa, media tycoon Alexander, as new chief of the newspaper Daily Observer. Missing from his desk is the list of accompanying planned lay-offs. Concerned journalist Heather Evans's bloody shoes betray she stole the folder, and admits Xander's headstrong brother Ed tipped her off. The paper was investigating Bret Stiles's cult Visualise. Bret's deputy Steven Wench leaks widow Sadie, the TV branch manager, was an adulteress fearing her prenuptial. Her secretary Elizabeth Stanfeld, a Visualize member, calls a bomb threat at the Harrington home. Jane's insight saves Lisbon and Sadie's daughter Ella.