Sam has been on a self-destructive spiral that could lead to his death.
He returns home from boarding school to find his wheelchair-bound English grandmother, Ruth has moved in.
Ruth is an ex-war photographer with a lust for life and a love of the bottle.
Sam soon finds himself profoundly confronted by her alcoholic wit and chutzpah.
Their first meeting is awkward; their second violent.
Things get worse when Sam finds himself stranded alone with her and her nurse Sarah for the school holidays.
Both strong-willed characters, a battle of supremacy ensues, enabling Sam to embrace life again and for Ruth to face her mortality.