Sheffield, 1974. In the snug cocoon of Rayfield Avenue, awkward neighbors make polite conversation at Katherine Glover's summer party. Friends and lovers, arm in arm, stroll through an invincible suburb. But over the next twenty years, everything will change for them, and for England. The day the Sellers arrive in Sheffield, newly adrift from London, there is a crisis across the road: Malcolm Glover has left home, convinced his wife is having an affair. The shockwaves from this revelation ripple through the lives of both couples and their children. Ten-year-old Tim Glover never quite recovers from his mother's public cruelty or the precocious sexuality of fifteen-year-old Sandra Sellers - childhood crises that will come to a head twenty years later.