Sue and Colin are married. They have agreed to visit Colin’s mum, Kathy, to keep her company over the weekend while Richard, her husband is away in Germany for a few days singing with a choir. Kathy plans a weekend of treats for Colin and Lucas, his 4 year old son by a previous relationship.
When Sue arrives, Colin isn’t with her.
And Kathy is sheltering in Richard’s shed at the bottom of their garden. There’s been a power cut, and the shed has a wood burning stove and camping-gas lanterns. It’s the first time that Kathy and Sue have spent time alone together. And Richard’s shed is his domain and a very male environment.
Soon after Sue arrives, Colin rings from a police station. He’s been taking part in an anti-fracking demonstration, and has been arrested. Then Sue stumbles upon a leather wallet containing Orient Express tickets to Venice. Is it a surprise present from Richard to his wife, or something far more threatening?
And gradually the two women, who have constructed their identities around the men in their lives – Colin, Richard and Lucas – are forced to find strength in each other. And they start to confront the dark secrets they have each been denying.
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