Norman Stanley Fletcher – Fletch to his mates – has been released on parole from Slade Prison. After travelling south in the unexpected and unwelcome company of MacKay, he arrives home intent on going straight – well, almost. But life – in the shape of his daughter Ingrid and his old cellmate Lennie Godber, now planning to get married, and his probation officer Mrs. Chapman – seems determined to thwart him. Even a job as a hotel night porter is not as simple as it might seem.