It is the summer of 1958 and this novel focuses on a group of Teddy boys as they grope their way through adolescence, race motorbikes and thumb their noses at parents and authority. The gang has been taken over by Deiter, an ex Hitler youth member, brought to Britain against his wishes at the end of the war to join his father and brother. These two elected to stay in Britain when released from a POW camp. Deiter is digusted at his father's acceptance of Germany's surrender and now has new battles to fight, this time against his own family and post war society. The gang's lives are changed irrevocably by a murder which threatens them all with the hangman's noose. This novel captures the feel of the times,the impact of rock n roll, the phenomenon of teenagers and teddyboys and the generation conflicts arising from the effects of the war. Like all good stories, the twists show that things are not always as they first appear to be.