Life in the valleys has turned toxic: the people exist on a diet of booze, drugs and casual sex ‘up’ the Angel, the local pub-cum-pharmacy-cum-bordello. They work in the ghastly Tick Tock clock factory, an English-owned monstrosity whose very name mocks the loss of their youth and freedom. Rupert, the factory’s joint owner with his chronically lecherous brother Harry, sends his son Sam down to the valleys to sort things out. But Sam would rather be a musician and remains incognito. When he hears valley girl Tessa singing on a mountainside, he thinks he has found the answer to his musical prayers. Tessa moves in. Sure, she says, she’ll sing for him for as long as the booze lasts. The factory is going to the dogs but he is obsessed. Rupert arrives and bumps into Bronwen after an absence of many years. When a blackout plunges the valley into darkness, the truth is exposed by candlelight.
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