A fifteen-year old Pakistani boy exploited by terrorists. A traumatised veteran exploited by successive British governments. What links them together?
Faz, out of school and isolated from his local Pakistani community, is targeted by fundamentalists who aim to radicalise him into committing a terrorist act. His life starts to fall apart. He is sent to a training camp in Pakistan. On his return, he, his mother and his girlfriend are threatened by those who think they control him.
Ray, an angry tramp-like figure, is suddenly given the opportunity to escape from his disastrous life-style. However, his anger and frustration create a barrier to the achievement of a new life. He soon realises that his country has used and discarded him. Things go rapidly downhill when he takes drastic steps intended to force the authorities to recognise his plight.
Both are social outcasts who lean on one another for support, but their situation is about to change as they reach the stage where each must sort his life out, whatever the consequences.
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