Early 1960s musical drama following the fortunes of a group of teenagers who are encouraged to channel their rebellious energy into a band. Johnnie (Ray Brooks), Bill (David Andrews) and Bert (David Hemmings) have two hobbies: riding motorcycles and listening to rock music. When they are banned from doing the first following their involvement in a traffic accident, their aimless wandering leads them to a church where Johnnie gives an impromptu display of his musical skills on the organ. The vicar responds to this in the way the alienated youths have grown to expect, rebuking them furiously, but the local choirmaster Mr Smith (Kenneth More) decides to take a different approach with the boys. Through offering them the use of the church hall to start a band and the opportunity to engage with youngsters participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Smith presents them with an unexpected chance to make something of themselves.