In this gripping drama, nineteen-year-old Joe Barley returns to England in the summer of 1984 having gone AWOL from the US Army. Desperate to start a new life and find peace of mind he moves to the picturesque Cotswold town of Westcombe where he finds accommodation in the mesmeric Hastings Cottage, a lodging house run by the benevolent Hazel. Upon befriending his dope-smoking fellow lodgers he soon becomes immersed in the local drug culture. Subsequently under the wing of local villain Chris Wetherly, Joe is absorbed into his mentor’s local crime syndicate, a move which inadvertently changes the course of his life. All that remains is for Joe to relinquish his enemies and lay to rest his remaining demons as he bids an emotional farewell to his past. Only then will he be free to follow what he knows to be his true vocation in life.
The summer of 1981 was the summer of love for Mike Sabbath. As he and his steadfast teenage companions struggle to come to terms with adulthood upon finishing school, they embark on a venture to rescue themselves from the drudgery of their low paid and uninspiring jobs. Yet there is danger ahead. The small old market town of Dursley, perched precariously on the edge of the Cotswolds, is rife with youth gangs, each eager to defend its territory in the face of adversity. As Mike Sabbath and his friends come under threat from a renegade group of angry mods led by the merciless Ally Bingham, they are forced into an alliance with the town’s 1950s nostalgia groupings; the teddy boys known as the Hound Dogs, and the rockabillies who call themselves the Stray Cats. Amid the mayhem the young and somewhat vulnerable Sabbath, an idealistic daydreaming peacenik, pleads only for harmony. But harmonious relations are not on the agenda for the gangs of Dursley.