A rebellious youth, sentenced to a boy's reformatory for robbing a bakery, rises through the ranks of the institution through his prowess as a long distance runner. During his solitary runs, reveries of his life and times before his incarceration lead him to re-evaluate his privileged status as the Governor's prize runner.
|Michael Redgrave||Tom Courtenay|
|James Bolam||Joe Robinson|
|Dervis Ward||Topsy Jane|