The illusions being burnt are those of Pat Williams (Cassie McFarlane),
an attractive 22-year old Black girl with a steady clerical job,
her own little flat in West London, and the aim of settling down
to a comfortable lower-middle class married life with Mr. Right.
She is shaken out of this dream by Del, a feckless, disgruntled
macho type (played with sullen charm by one of UKs best
Black actors, Victor Romero), who moves in with her uninvited.
He expects sex and food on demand and comes to regard the right
side of the bed as his private preserve. The film explores first
the growing tensions of the affair and then the girl's gradual
realization that her aspirations are simply those that a white
world has imposed upon her. Drawn into the world of 'Africa' (and
the realization of her own cultural background) and also one in
which women are not mere chattels, looking for more chattels,
she begins to see society more sharply.