The owner of converted trawler "LUCKY STAR" abandons his ship outside Kinsale and leaves its crew without money, food or means of returning home to their families. Due to regulations the boat is forced to lie off Kinsale - but the Minister Noel Dempsey (of Shell-to-sea infamy) does nothing to intervene in their plight, despite local pleas.
Locals, including the local canon (Canon David Williams) and the harbour master (Capt. Phil Devitt), resort to taking food and other goods out to them by small boats.
Eventually, after some weeks and after much pressure was brought, the boat is moved to the quays and the crewmen given tickets home.