Kisane, a professional psychologist and Ralph, a senior construction manager met as children, married young, raised three daughters and like so many long-married couples are comfortable but bored. Kisane is being bullied at work and dreams of having her own practice. She offers private services to one of her schools and this leads her into the glamorous world of professional football when she gets involved with a top football manager and his family. Ralph, successful in his field and happy enough but struggling with the ageing process is tempted by a beautiful, troubled younger woman, the architect for his current project.
Kisane’s work with a pupil referral unit and the football club lead to her getting stabbed in a local park. She knows that Danny, one of the unit boys is involved but is unsure whether he is helping her or is an accomplice to her attackers. Later, several boys from the unit, Danny and his father are found dead. At the same time Ralph is dealing with the discovery of child pornography on his site and some disturbing disclosures and developments involving his architect and would-be mistress.
Ralph and Kisane’s different worlds come together when the police become interested in their connections with the missing boy, the architect, the Local Education Authority where Kisane is employed and also the football club. As the crime that links all these is solved, so too is the problem of how Ralph and Kisane can continue their lives together.