Carl Woods is released from prison and struggles to acclimatise to life on the outside. He carves out a bleak existence around the claustrophobic housing estate he calls home. The one glimmer of hope in the gloom is Carl's first romantic date in 15 lonely years with Abby. As he nervously prepares for this inaugural meeting, Carl receives a telephone call from his estranged mother Aileen to let him know that she is en route for an impromptu visit. Painful ghosts of the past return to haunt Carl.