On a Sunday School outing to the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl, RJ is ‘roughed up’ by a couple of older boys.
Determined that he will never be physically threatened ever again, RJ joins a judo club run by British Olympic Gold Medallist Alan Petherbridge. Inspired by his mentor, at the age of eighteen, RJ travels to the Far East where he studies Martial Arts for ten years.
RJ returns to Wales where he establishes a chain of clubs called DoJones. Five years later, witnessing a young boy being terrorised by a group of older boys, RJ intervenes. He hospitalises the thugs. Unfortunately all seventeen of them take out Civil Actions, and he is given a suspended sentence for GBH.
Distraught that he has broken the code of honour, RJ returns to the Far East and joins the ascetic Kodo community on the island of Sado where he spends the rest of his life studying the Taiko.
Whilst on a family holiday in Eastbourne, the young RJ meets Henri Cartier-Bresson who is staying at the same hotel. Impressed by his enthusiasm and natural talent, Cartier-Bresson allows RJ to assist him.
Seven years later on a school trip to Paris, RJ searches out his hero. He remains in Paris and after working with the likes of Willy Ronis and Robert Capa, he becomes the youngest-ever member of the Magnum Photo Agency.
Incensed by the war and inspired by the work of Capa, RJ goes to Vietnam. Desperate to influence public opinion, he begins to fake increasingly horrific images, finally faking his own death. When his battered Nikon F is found, it contains thirty six shots which become ‘iconic’ images of the conflict.
The world of photojournalism mourns.
Still in hiding, RJ is killed when the field kitchen in which he is working explodes.
RJ is disgraced and is posthumously expelled from Magnum.