When 13 year old Ivie starts speaking in Shakespearean verse her mother takes her to church to be ‘cured’. But when Ivie calls the Pastor 'a vile toad' her mother seeks professional help. A therapist with an equally encyclopedic knowledge of the bard engages Ivie in a Shakespeare face-off on the stage of the National Theatre and the reasons for Ivie’s obsession are uncovered.
Growing up in 1950s England in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society. A more than tough childhood left behind, Chris meets dream woman Julie, and life lightens a little, but the growing feeling that theirs is a life half lived haunts Chris. Endlessly imagining what might have been, Chris is finally struck by the realisation that for some decisions there is no right answer, and that it's those that truly define us.