Eddie (Emile Charles) and Michael (Tony Forsyth) are two 16-year-old gay friends from Liverpool. Berated by his father for his camp behaviour, Eddie runs away from his Liverpool home and joins Michael, a streetwise hustler, who is also on the run. The boys witness the gangland murder of "Annabelle" (Robbie Coltrane), the transvestite hostess of Liverpool's Fruit Machine Club. Fearing for their lives, they are thrown into the arms of a gay opera singer and his manipulative manager. They wind up in Brighton, but the danger is not over.