In 1999, the British government is instilling a fear of nuclear holocaust in its population in order to further technological development. As a result, computer literate teenagers in the UK are the breadwinners while physical work is a thing of the past. Tired of being made to feel like a second class citizen by his son Gary, Joe Brown recruits his highly dysfunctional family into the Citizen National Defence program as a working holiday.
Set in 2016 prior to the centennial of the Easter Rising at Northern Ireland's only integrated teacher training college. A struggle develops between the principal and the security director who values security more than education.