School-girl Jodie Nicholas is horrified to discover her parents have killed themselves in a suicide pact. This brings Mark,her thirty-year old brother back from London to the town,Renton,where he grew up to find incompetent trainee undertaker Daniel drop his mother's corpse. He moves into the family home with Jodie and his grandmother Betty and is persuaded by friends to go to the pub but feels alien from then and,having got very drunk,calls on old flame Alice - to be seen off by her husband Karl. Jodie meanwhile befriends scholarship pupil Harry and they take a midnight swim together. Len,the town's alcoholic mayor,makes the headlines after starting a fight in a pub to the dismay of Shireen,his deputy, but he does save the day with a superb oration at the funerals. Mark is intrigued to find the words I Know on scraps of paper in his parents' room and on their mobile phones.
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