Separated from his wife and embittered by lack of promotion, Harrington Brande is posted to a small port in Spain. With him goes his young son Nicholas, a shy boy forced to lead a quiet life by his domineering father. At their new home they meet their gardener, José, who strikes up a friendship with the boy. As Nicholas's father realises this, out of jealousy, he bans them from speaking. Things go from bad to worse when Nicholas's watch is stolen and planted on Jose, who is then arrested. Will his father realise the meaning of true friendship before it is too late?