Having recently lost his mum to cancer, when eight-year-old Tom comes to live with Maggie, he is scared and alone. Tom has been taken into care following concerns from his teachers about his dad Mark’s ability to cope as a single parent, following the death of his wife.
As a former soldier, Mark has resorted to his military training in order to cope with his young son, forcing him to scrub the floors until his hands bleed and perform repeated push-ups as punishment for his misdeameanors.
Working with both father and son, Maggie Hartley must try everything she knows to help the pair grieve for the mother and wife they’ve lost and reconnect with one another. But can dad, Mark, overcome his own demons and become the father his son so desperately needs?