In November 1985, the troubled streets of Belfast are torn up by rioting yet again. In among the angry mob, we find nine year old Tommy, nonchalantly dribbling a ball through the insanity.
Whilst politicians argue over the peace process, there's only one thing on young Tommy's football-mad mind - the forthcoming World Cup, where Northern Ireland will take on Brazil. For the South American giants it's just another step on the path to inevitable global domination; yet for Northern Ireland and young Tommy, it's the biggest game of their lives.
They are two countries that couldn't seem further apart: Northern Ireland, with its Orange men and Republican curbstones, the Rev'd Ian Paisley and Fergal Sharkey; and Brazil with its carnival and its Samba, with Pelé, and the 'beautiful game'.