Jamie (Letitia Wright) and Leanne (Isabella Laughland) snarl and sneer at the world. They are tough, no-nonsense kids who trust no one. In the first shots of the film we see them rage through the streets looting stores as the riots unleash mayhem. But they’re caught off-guard by the well-intentioned newbie social worker who has just given up a job as a university lecturer to try and reform the youths whose actions have led to a personal tragedy of her own. Kate is patient and relentless, and sees the potential good in the kids. It turns out that Jamie has a musical talent that has lain dormant for lack of encouragement. Leanne is a much tougher nut to crack. Slowly, but surely, Kate sets out to make her mark, bringing out the best, and sometimes the worst, in these distressed teens.