A pregnant woman, believed killed in a bridge accident in the Scottish Highlands, seizes her chance to disappear from her uncaring husband. Determined to safeguard her baby’s future and reinvent herself, she befriends illegal immigrant Silva, whose husband Stefan and daughter Anna, as she alone knows, have died in her place. As the bridge is rebuilt, the two women build a precarious existence in a makeshift home by the river.
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For 30 years, Howard and Deborah Morgan have poured all their energy and modest savings into Stoneyridge, a smallholding deep in the English moors. Howard putters with pottery, Deborah dabbles in weaving, and both struggle to tend sheep and chickens and live off the land. But what began with simple dreams of solitude and sunlit picnics in the hills has given way to a harsher reality. To help with finances, they decide to turn Stoneyridge into a bed-and-breakfast. But a sudden stroke leaves Howard incapacitated and Deborah overwhelmed.
On an April day, the wife of a doctor discovers that her husband has been having an affair. Moments later, driving along a country road, she fails to see retired teacher Ruth Mitchell up ahead, riding her bicycle. She hits her, killing her instantly. And drives away. Horrified by what she has done, she hides herself away by day, finding in darkness the solitude that enables her to confront her anguish. She turns her attention to Ruth's elderly husband. Arthur Mitchell does not realise at first that someone has begun watching him.