Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly dies (in early forties). The little town of Pagford is left in startled. The town is at war with itself. The rich are at war with the poor. Teenagers are at war with their parents. Wives are at war with their husbands. Teachers are at war with their pupils. Barry sat on the town’s council and the seat is now empty. This creates the biggest war of all. Who will win the upcoming election?