The Swinging Sixties have not yet arrived and there are gloomy shadows of the Second World War still hanging over Stradhoughton. Disgruntled with his mundane life working at the funeral parlour, Billy invents fantasy scenarios in which he and his family are elevated to heroic status. Neither his family nor his two fiancées seem to appreciate the power of his imagination which leads to comic but often poignant situations. Only Liz seems to herald the freedom and freshness of the coming era. Can she release Billy from his fantasy world and make his dreams a reality?