It’s the summer of 1984, and there is a sense of unease on the troubled Sweetmeadows estate. The residents are in shock after the suspicious death of a baby. Journalist Clare Jackson follows the story as police bungle the inquiry and struggle to contain the escalating violence. Haunted by a personal trauma, Clare is shadowed by nine-year-old Amy, a bright but neglected little girl who seems to know more about the incident than she's letting on.
Five years ago Maura fled life in Dowerby and took on a new identity, desperately trying to piece her life back together. But then a reporter tracks her down and persuades her to tell her story, putting her life in danger once again. Layer upon layer of violence and deceit make up the full picture for Maura to see and the reporter to reveal. Hidden secrets are uncovered that have been left to settle for far too long. But in life some things can’t be left unsaid, and eventually the truth will out. Whatever the consequences.