Nowak is a contractor from Poland who is overseeing a group of foreign workers in London. They are supposed to provide inexpensive labor, and the hours are lengthy and exhausting. They are unhappy because they miss their homes and their families, and they are not getting very much in return for all of their hard work. Nowak speaks English, unlike any of the men under his command, and that helps him keep control over them because it puts him in a position of influence. As unrest grows, however, he may have a very difficult time keeping the men under control.