Separated from his wife and embittered by lack of promotion,
Harrington Brande (Michael Hordern) is posted to a small port
in Spain. With him goes his young son Nicholas (Jon Whiteley),
a shy boy forced to lead a quiet life by his domineering
father. At their new home they meet their gardener, José
(Dirk Bogarde), who strikes up a friendship with the boy. As
Nicholas’s father realises this, out of jealousy, he bans them
from speaking. Things go from bad to worse when Nicholas’s
watch is stolen and planted on José, who is then arrested.
Will his father realise the meaning of true friendship before it
is too late?