What do you do if you get banned from the school trip for disrupting a performance of Shakespeare's Hamlet, and you don't want to tell your parents? The solution for Russell and his mates is to hide out in London. But when their plans go wrong, Russell is left alone with his thoughts. How can he cope with his father's death? Why did his mother remarry so quickly? Does he have to get on with his step-dad? Sleeping rough, Russell has plenty of time to think about life, death and Hamlet...at Heathrow Airport.
After his father's death and his mother's swift remarriage, Russell begins to feel that he has a lot in common with Hamlet. So he is appalled when he and his mates manage to ruin the entire play during an excursion to the Theatre Royal.