On Christmas Eve 1950 Ian Hamilton and three friends broke into Westminster abbey. Their target was the Stone of Destiny, the throne of Scottish Kings for centuries and taken by Edward Longshanks to be used in English monarchs' coronations in 1296. Now, over 650 years later, Hamilton and the others planned to take it home to Scotland. Heralded as national heroes by some, vandals and criminals by others, the 'theft' sparked a nation-wide police hunt that lasted months and caused uproar amongst the highest levels of the English establishment. Over 50 years later, Hamilton's story of what happened that night is as gripping as any thriller.