It is 1918 and thirteen-year-old Colm MacNeill is living happily on the idyllic island of Rathlin when his security is suddenly shattered by the death of his father. The loss of the family breadwinner forces the MacNeills to leave their island home to make a life for themselves in the city.
On the streets of Belfast Colm and his brothers enjoy a different kind of freedom – childhood adventures that run late into the evening, games that last for days and friendly tussles make life in the city a new kind of liberation.
This sense of freedom is, however, short-lived.
As sectarian violence erupts in Belfast, the MacNeills become unavoidably caught up in the conflict and tensions around them …
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