Lily, aged 25, is the youngest of four siblings. The family moved often to refuges, in flight from a violent father. At 13, Lily stopped going to school, began to drift and drink, became addicted to crack cocaine, and lived with an abusive, drug-addled boyfriend. At 21, she attacked a woman, her only crime. She served three years and now, recently released on licence, reflective and bright, she is desperately seeking to make amends and to begin again. Her aim is to become a midwife.

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