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Private eye Frank Faraday, presumed dead, returns to the US after 25 years in a South American prison for a crime that he had not committed.
Forced to adjust to a very changed world, Faraday (Dan Dailey) forms a detective agency with the son he never knew he had, Steve (James Naughton) – born to his secretary, Lou Carson (Geraldine Brooks), after his imprisonment.
After tracking down and bringing to justice the man who had actually committed the crime for which he had been imprisoned, Frank joined forces with his son – who had himself become a detective – in operating a Los Angeles detective agency that specialised in security investigations.
The contrast in styles between the two men created constant tensions and strains in the relationship, for father Frank often resorted to old-style physical force against a new generation of technologically and legally astute criminals.