Britt Reid is the young publishing heir who uses the secret identity of the Green Hornet. When his widowed father James Reid dies, he is left in charge of the city's biggest newspaper company, whose "flag-paper" is called the Daily Sentinel. Lenore Case, his secretary, has already entered into an interpersonal relationship with him by the time his father dies. After his father's death, Britt recruits a young man named Kato, whom he has befriended, as his partner in fighting crime. The car they use, called The Black Beauty, is armed with a veritable arsenal of technology.