While attempting to reach his daughter Nicki (Madeleine Hinde), who is screaming on a merry-go-round, Richard (David Lodge) is crushed to death. Seven years later, Nicki still bears the scars of her father's death and blames herself for it. When Nicki's mother (Renee Asherson) gets into an affair with Harry (Patrick Mower), who is only after her for her money, Nicki gets into a horrific argument with him and, in the struggle, stabs him. Nicki is sent to a remand home where she is persecuted by the other inmates. Eventually, she manages to escape and heads to Oxford to stay with her boyfriend Peter (Dennis Waterman). She soon learns that even he cannot be trusted. Nicki realises that she must turn and face up to her past. Even then, tragedy is close to hand.