The 80’s is a decade of change, monumental shifts in western culture are taking place and the U.K. is being transformed under the leadership of Margret Thatcher. Music is at the forefront of modern culture with the advent of stations like MTV influencing a generation.
Set against this backdrop “Through the Barricades” is the story of Keagan Devlin, a sometimes troubled young man as he transforms from adolescent to adult. With the news that his best friend, Peter Chubb, has a terminal illness, Keagan strives to be a better friend, constantly aware of his friend’s needs but not always able to do the right thing. In trying to protect his friend Keagan makes a monumental error resulting in life changing consequences.
Accepting his life, Peter is a constantly trying to keep his friend from harm. The two of them start relationships and life settles into a more stable pattern, but not for long. Keagan joins the British Army and is immediately thrust into war with the advent of the Falklands Conflict. Whilst this will have a profound affect on his life, events happening back in the U.K. will be the catalyst for far greater turmoil.
A traumatic pregnancy and an unexpected death causes the friends to move in very different directions. Keagan, his mental health questionable, makes a success of his career but struggles with relationships. He appears to settle, meeting an African American singer working as an exotic dancer. However, with Peter’s wedding imminent, Keagan’s return to the UK, changes everything and with Peter’s ultimate battle with illness being lost, Keagan makes a permanent return. Realising his first true love remains, he works to try and restore the relationship. A surprising revelation paves the way for a possible reunion, but will it be enough?