In 2018, Manchester is a rotten city propped up by a few bad men. After the cuts, the toppling of its flagship tower, the riots and the terror, the promise of a prosperous North is gone. The first industrial city is dying - its people left to fend for themselves. With the rise of nationalism, it's only getting worse. Now, the only currency is trust and Brian Meredith - addict, depressive, wheelchair-bound - has new trouble with old problems.