A quiet Suffolk village, 1944. Gerald Haxton lives with his parents - a solitary boy who constantly talks to his still-born twin brother, Jack. Already disturbed and lonely, Gerald is horrified to discover the body of his elder sister, Vera while playing in the woods near his home. She has been beaten to death with a wooden stake and her young GI boyfriend is hanged for the crime. London, 1995.As the country prepares for the 50th anniversary of VE Day, Gerald, now nearing retirement, remains a loner. Obsessed with routine, he still regards his dead twin Jack as his only true friend. He works in a TV prop-hire company in London, and the nature of his job - surrounded by nostalgic artefacts - means that he is constantly reminded of the past and, by extension, of his sisterís death. To alleviate his solitude, Gerald takes to following Mel, the twelve-year-old daughter of a work colleague. A few days later, Mel, who bears a striking resemblance to Vera, disappears...
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