This is the story of Lilly Roe whose life seems ordinary until she meets Anthony, a young boy at college. For the first time, she relates to the woman inside her and wants to kindle an emotional relationship with him, in the hope of bridging that emptiness within her. When she does go out with Anthony, she starts to think of life and the night train that her mother spoke about and yet she isn't allowed to talk about it. Her father is a broken man, not wanting to address the departure of his wife. The London riots serve as a backdrop to the story and a stepping stone for both of them to try to face the past and move on with their lives.