Twelve hours in the life of the old Covent Garden market. The lorries roll in from the country and are unloaded; throughout the night the market men work to display the flowers and vegetables they have for sale. There are pauses for chats, cups of tea, visits to the cafés. Early in the morning the buyers arrive. Gradually the market is emptied of its goods, until only the scavengers are left to salvage the remnants and the market men begin to look forward to the next night's work.