A tenacious young British man, Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell) is determined to be successful. Starting off as a coffee salesman, Mick is soon promoted within his company. Then things take a series of bizarre turns, and Mick is abducted by a military agency. Later, he becomes smitten with the gorgeous Patricia (Helen Mirren) and winds up working for her father, sinister executive Sir James Burgess (Ralph Richardson). As Mick's tale continues, his experiences get progressively stranger.