Can a single moment in time alter the course of a life forever? For the Carmody family, it certainly seems so. An interrupted childhood has coloured Laura’s view of life and her dream of having a proper family remains just that – a dream – always just around the corner and a little bit out of reach. Donal is inundated with advice – get a steady girlfriend, buy a house, find a better job – and life will be as it should be. But no amount of polishing his life to a shiny surface will be enough to scrub away the secret that haunts him. Orla always gets what she wants – or does she? No matter how slim and efficient she is, no matter how glossy her hair or how clean her house, it never seems enough. Even perfection doesn’t seem enough for those around her. The past won’t release its hold – so how can they build a future?