Children's author Stephen Lewis is shopping with 4-year old daughter Kate when she suddenly disappears. Failure to find her puts a strain on his marriage, his wife Julie leaving to live in a seaside village, though Stephen regularly visits her. Stephen continues to write but is asked by the prime minister to check on his best friend Charles Dark, who has resigned his cabinet membership to live in an isolated woodland retreat with his wife Thelma. Stephen is perturbed by Charles' apparent regression to childhood, reminding him of his own loss and, returning to London, erroneously believes that another little girl is Kate. Three years after the disappearance Thelma asks Stephen, still keeping Kate's room for her, for help with the increasingly disturbed Charles, leading to a shocking discovery though a later phone call from Julie provides a new beginning for them both.
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Did You Know?
The scene where Kate goes missing was filmed in a supermarket in Crouch End, London, with an uninterrupted public flow. Because of the intense performance in this scene, a real police officer was standing nearby to reassure members of the public that a filming was taking place. See more
[speaking on a walkie-talkie
Dad to Kate. Dad to Kate. We just wanted to tell you that we love you. Very much. And we miss you. And that we hope to see you very, very soon. Lots of hugs and games, over. Take your time. We'll be here.