Aidan McRaney is a young man with secrets. After he has taken revenge - in company with Verdi Benson, 11 years his senior - on the man who violated and killed Aidan's 18-year-old sister Laurena, he decides he needs to escape for awhile. He leaves London to stay with his aunt and uncle in Dublin, where he meets Irish country singer Caitlan McKenna. She works in the bar near the quayside, where she sings. Caitlan has a boyfriend, but he is abusive. Aidan falls for the pretty 19-year-old girl. When Aidan rescues her from her greasy punk boyfriend, he is immediately drawn into her world, which isn't without its own secrets. Caitlan believes Aidan is merely a landscape gardener back in London, and has no idea that gangland is trying to pull him back into its own world. Since her mother committed suicide by crashing her car into Dublin traffic, in which Caitlan was also pronounced dead for six minutes, she suffers with psychotic episodes and distressing migraines.