Billy Smith is a 19 year old spending his gap year working at the local museum. When his mother is murdered in a bungled street robbery it falls to him to take care of his six-year old half-brother Oscar. Under pressure from all sides – his aunt, Oscar’s father, the school authorities and social services – and increasingly, self-destructively obsessed with the whereabouts of his mother’s killer, Billy watches helplessly as his world begins to unravel. Billy’s story is one of urgency and truly compelling turns.
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