Catherine is a proud, resilient woman who has had to remake her own destiny and erase her history, coming to Glasgow from her native Ireland to escape her past. Now she lives for her beloved son Cameron, who she wants to give all the freedom and choices that she never had as a child. But the emotional scars left by the men in her life continue to haunt her. It seems that she has used up all her fresh starts. When she meets Peter, an artist, she begins to learn about the different ways men and women see each other, through painting and photographic images. Gradually, as she searches for her identity through art, her blurry, damaged self-image comes into focus...
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