The story of a man who has a chip on his shoulder and is against the world at large.
Frankie McCoy (Ken Shorter) is young, stylish and tough, an illegal ‘SP’ bookmaker in the working-class inner-Sydney suburb of Newtown.
Conscripted to fight in Vietnam, he enters basic training at Kapooka camp, but neither the food nor the discipline agrees with him. He goes AWOL and returns to his old haunts, but his girlfriend Margie (Rowena Wallace) rejects him.
Frustrated and in debt to some local criminals, he drifts into the arms of Myra (Carmen Duncan), a more sexually liberated ‘modern’ girl, with disastrous results when he accidentally kills her in an argument.
Frankie goes on the run, and returns to Margie but ends being attacked by a gang of thugs, is blinded by blood, runs into a car and is killed.
It’s a downward slide all the way in this Australian movie based on a novel by Jon Cleary