In 1993 in Warrington, England, 12 year old Tim Parry, whilst buying a Mother's Day card, is one of two little boys killed by an IRA bomb. His devastated parents Wendy and Colin react differently, Colin anxious to publicize the tragedy and campaign for peace whilst Wendy withdraws into grief. In Dublin housewife Susan McHugh, seeing the atrocity on television, organizes a rally to demonstrate against violence and is amazed at the positive response. However she and supportive husband Arthur are subject to phone threats and accusations by republicans of being pro-British. Susan feels that she has failed but is cheered when Wendy, heartened by letters of sympathy from total strangers, and Colin visit the McHughs, appearing on television to support her and speak on behalf of all parents bereaved by violence. A year later a truce is called to end the sectarian war and in 1995 the Parrys set up a peace foundation to help victims of terrorism.
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