Single mother Lydia Weekes (Holliday Grainger) who is abandoned by her husband Robbie (Emun Elliott), meets the small village's Doctor Jean Markham (Anna Paquin) who has recently returned to her hometown after her father's death, leaving her a spacious home she cherishes, when Lydia's son Charlie (Gregor Selkirk) is taken to the doctor after being bullied in school. Charlie grows to see Lydia as his best friend, sharing her fascination with the bees she shelters in her backyard. When Lydia and Charlie are evicted because Lydia's earnings from her work are not adequate to pay the rent, Jean invites them to stay in her home and she and Lydia soon develop a friendship and something more. The village frowns harshly on Jean and Lydia's lesbian relationship and Jean's medical status is threatened until she salvages a botched home-abortion, regaining her respect as a physician. Pending the threat of losing her son to the abusive Robbie, Lydia and Charlie depart the village - with plans to return - to Jean and true family.
The fine musical score by Claire M Singer and cinematography by Bartosz Nalazek add to the impact of this sensitive, very well acted film, and the result is a beautifully delivered romance that manages to survive against all odds. Recommended.