Henry Brassington is a Yorkshireman who rules his family along with the family business. Henry is given to frequent use of expletives but is chastised verbally or physically by his mother, Mabel, whenever these outpourings occur. Max is Henry's ambitious and frustrated son who is married to Sarah, his beautiful but unhappy wife. Ross is his favourite son and Dorothy the daughter he pities. However Henry shows a softer side when tragedy strikes. This is the story of a divided family and a year that finds them in crisis with redundancy at work and strained loyalties at home. Henry is battling in the boardroom, on the shop floor, with a new era and with his own flesh and blood.