Post war Singapore was a time of uncertainty and change – food shortages were common, crime was rife, and society was riddled with fear and distrust. Secret society gang activity was commonplace, and the Police Force was powerless to stop them. Until now. 1949, the Japanese occupation is over and Singapore has returned to British control but the people are still struggling to pick up their lives. 19 year old Elizabeth Lee has just finished her exams and her mother, Yoke Lien gives her two choices: find a job or get married. Meanwhile, a towkay's third wife Tan Siew Lan and cabaret star Mona Fong are haunted by secrets from their past. A murder is discovered, Elizabeth can't resist getting involved and her best friend Hani Rahmat gets roped in too.