Harry feels alienated from the rest of society and cannot commit him self to any physical or emotional relationship because of the large birthmark in the shape of Madagascar he has on one side of his face. After a disastrous visit to a gay night-club which serves only to underline his sense of isolation and an escape to the seaside, he rescues an inconscious man, Flint. They set up an uneasy menage in a deserted cottage. Though initially wary of Flint's easy-going, good-humoured, roguish charm, Harry isfascinated by Flint's claim that, he is a scaffolder and he begins to spin pleasurable fantasies around his new friend. Their growing mutual attraction is eventually physically consummated but reality soon disrupts this idyll.