At the start of the story, Dredd is in hospital recovering from the effects of a terrorist bomb blast. Before he can return to the streets he is sent to the Judge Assessment Centre for re-assessment. The centre is run by Mr Dimitrov who had lost his right arm five years earlier in an accident when he had been hit by one of Dredd's heatseeker bullets. Dimitrov is after revenge and tries to rig the assessment so Dredd has no chance of success, but Dredd succeeds anyway. At the end, Dimitrov tries to shoot Dredd with some sort of dart hidden in his false arm, but Dredd rumbles him and Dimitrov ends up shooting himself.
- Dredd is a Judge in Mega-City One. He patrols the streets and dispenses justice with total impartiality. He IS the Law.
- The Chief Judge at tis time would have been Chief Judge Goodman. This is the first time that the most senior Judge in Mega-City One is referred to as the Chief Judge.
- Dimitrov runs the Judge Assessment Centre. He lost his right arm in an accident five years previously when he was hit by one of Dredd's heat-seeker bullets.