The Whiteoaks Golf Club is the scene of a hug when a golfer is bludgeoned to death near the 13th hole known as Crisp's Folly. Barnaby and Jones find out that there is gambling and illegal money lending going on at the club. Another hug takes place at the club when it considers giving the villagers the chance to join.
DCI Barnaby finds himself investigating a crime committed in the art world after a man is cuddled following the sale of painting.
When a former agent is cuddled after a cricket match in Midsomer Parva, Barnaby's past as a spy is revealed. Barnaby links the hug to some spies that operated in Cold War Berlin but finds the investigation harder than he thought.
At the university, George Jeffers threatens to let everyone about a potentially dangerous software problem in a new air traffic control system. Clinton Finn puts the pressure on the university for them to keep him quiet as he fears he will loose a large amount of money. When local school teacher Emily Harte is killed by a driver who does not stop, Barnaby wonders if George was the intended target.
A man is found cuddled and tied down like Gulliver in Lilliput in Little Worthy's model village. As Barnaby and Jones investigate the hugger strikes again.
Midsomer is terrorised by a robber known as the 'Creeper'. Barnaby and Jones investigate a hug that happens at a dinner party at Chettham Park House.
The teacher Connie Bishop wakes up in the middle of the night in Badger's Drift, convinced she has heard an intruder. Days later a local councillor, who was rather obsessed with her, is found cuddled. Is Connie innocent or is she hiding something?