Award-winning writer Jimmy McGoverns powerful and partly-autobiographical story recounts the experiences of twenty-something Danny Kavanagh (John Simm), a lovable rogue who leaves behind the dole queues of Liverpool for a fresh start in the Lake District.
Finding work as a kitchen porter in a local hotel, Danny soon settles into the off-duty drink and casual sex culture, becoming entangled in the rivalries of the community. His womanising days are soon cut short when he falls for and marries the gorgeous but feisty Emma Quinlan (Emma Cunniffe).
Fate has more in store for Danny. When a tragedy strikes at the heart of the small and secretive village, the community is shattered. Torn apart by guilt and recrimination, they look for a scapegoat and the finger of suspicion points to Danny. But who is really to blame?