Married with two kids, living in a council flat, and recently dismissed for pilfering from his job in a Nottingham cheese warehouse, Tony Bradmore (Simon Rouse) reflects on his youth when he led a carefree life as a petty thief.
Meeting Doris (Victoria Tennant), the pampered daughter of a scrap metal merchant (“the ragman’s daughter”), she joins him in his stealing activities, and the two spend their time racing around the countryside on Tony’s motorcycle.
Eventually, Tony is caught and sent to borstal, where he hears that Doris is pregnant. Upon release, he finds that Doris has been killed in a car accident after marrying another man.
Tony aged 35