Josie, a quiet and timid thirty-two-year-old, lives alone. It is a boring and predictable life but overall it suits her - until she meets Mike. His unexpected and unwanted advances cause her to panic and the result is a devastating accident. Josie is prosecuted and receives a prison sentence of twelve months. Finding herself serving her time in a women’s prison in the Midlands, she is initially terrified of the other inmates and tries to keep her head down, but things don’t work out as planned. To her surprise she makes friends but she is also subjected to further trauma. While dealing with the aftermath of a hostage incident she has to face up, for the first time, to events in her own past. The resulting self-knowledge empowers her. She approaches the end of her sentence and begins to look at life differently, envisaging a new and rewarding future.
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