Three teenagers discover a community of Buccas living under their farm in the Yorkshire Dales. The Buccas are a bad lot. Lying and thieving is second nature to them. The theft of a glass crystal from Ireland brings everyone to the point of extinction. Only by saving a moment in time can the teenagers prevent a nuclear disaster.
Against a backdrop of brawling, boozing and burglary the teenagers become involved in a local protest, bringing them into conflict with the army and the Government.
All these events are observed and recorded by an invisible narrator; Specky Spectator from the spirit world who has the inside view of the entire goings-on.