Mistakenly believing that his role is to serve justice (“No Will, a Barrister’s job is to win”), Will must navigate his way through a criminal justice system seemingly designed to be as opaque and confusing as possible. While also dealing with his fellow pupils, each of them after the same single job at the end of their training and more than happy to stab each other in the back to get it. Can he succeed and hold on to his principles? Or will the system claim another victim?
It's the off-season at the lonely Beauregard Hotel in Bournemoth, and only the long-term tenants are still in residence. Life at the Beauregard is stirred up, however, when the beautiful Ann Shankland arrives to see her alcoholic ex-husband, John Malcolm, who is secretly engaged to Pat Cooper, the woman who runs the hotel. Meanwhile, snobbish Mrs Railton-Bell discovers that the kindly if rather doddering Major Pollock is not what he appears to be. The news is particularly shocking for her frail daughter, Sibyl, who is secretly in love with the Major.
奥利弗（马克·莱斯特 Mark Lester 饰）是一名孤儿，从小在教会中长大。九岁时，奥利弗被派遣到工厂做工，之后又来到殡仪馆成为了学徒。奥利弗的聪慧和机敏让他很快就在殡仪馆里站稳了脚跟，但与此同时，他亦遭到了同伴们的妒忌，他们故意挑衅激怒奥利弗，最终奥利弗离开了殡仪馆。无家可归的奥利弗过起了四处流浪的生活，经过漫长的旅途，他来到了伦敦。一个名叫道奇（杰克·瓦尔德 Jack Wild 饰）的扒手将奥利弗带到了匪首费金（朗·穆迪 Ron Moody 饰）的面前，就这样，奥利弗成为了他们中的一员。一次意外中，奥利弗被警察逮捕了，但随后，他被证实是无辜的，当事人布朗罗先生（Joseph O'Conor 饰）对奥利弗感到十分愧疚，于是收留了他，奥利弗的生活能够从此走上正轨吗？