Roland Britten

An amateur jockey and an accountant, bachelor and junior partner in the firm of King and Britten. His mount, Tapestry, wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup at his first attempt, when the first and second favourites both fall. His accounting career has brought the downfall of a number of embezzlers, all of whom have received prison sentences, and his initial reaction to being kidnapped is that the motive is revenge. This sets him on the trail of the kidnappers. He is assisted in his efforts by Jossie Finch, daughter of a trainer.