A teenage boy forms a friendship with a park ranger in the Yorkshire Dales after the death of his father.
The film is dedicated to the memory of Al Boughen, 1933-2010, the real-life park ranger who inspired the character of Al Thorpe, and who was mentor to director Dan Hartley when he was a teenager, in the same way that Al Thorpe is to Tom Proctor in the film.
You ever used a saw before, lad?
Tom Proctor: Maybe.
Al Thorpe: Aye. Come over here and I'll show you how.
Al Thorpe: See how I use me thumb to guide it.
Tom Proctor: I could cut me thumb off!
Al Thorpe: No you *won't*! Now listen! All you're doing is establishing the cut. Once you've got a groove, you move your...
The UK release was cut, the distributor chose to remove brief images of sexualised nudity during a scene in which some teenage boys look at a pornographic magazine, with brief sight of fully naked women posing in a sexual fashion. In order to obtain a 12A classification, an uncut 15 classification was available.