Duncan attempts to spend quality time with his son Fred, but finds it difficult in the face of Sarah's open hostility, and she informs Duncan that she and her boyfriend Max intend for him never to see Fred again.
Holly struggles to separate her personal grievances from her professional ambitions. She adds to Duncan's troubles by threatening to publicly expose his relationship with Kristina, the sex worker with whom he has a longstanding arrangement. In anticipation of the splash, Duncan is forced to explain to Fred that he has been paying for sex, while Kristina has questions of her own for Holly.
James reopens communication with Jon Brooks, an MI5 source who is ready to blow the whistle on the government's Resonance programme. When Amina and Holly learn what the programme entails, they are convinced that the story will be the most important The Herald will ever run.
Emmerson presents Duncan with a seemingly impossible task, and Ed is forced to examine his own journalistic ethics, while Holly and Duncan go head to head.
Two rival fictional British newspapers and their staff navigate the changing nature of journalism in the digital age and the 24-hour news cycle. The Herald, a left-leaning broadsheet newspaper shares a building with The Post, a tabloid. The journalists at the Herald attempt to balance hard-hitting serious news delivered with integrity with selling stories. The staff at the Post however often put aside their moral and ethical standards in order to get the scoop. Both publications report on the same story from different angles and perspectives while the staff try to find a personal and professional balance in an industry that never sleeps.