25 year old Aaron Hughes lives with his parents in Warrington. He’s failed to get a job since leaving university and his ex-girlfriend Phoebe is about to marry his brother. Life’s not panning out the way he’d hoped. After he meets Julie Ranmore, a married mum of two, he finds his life changing.
Aaron and Julie have began a passionate affair and they begin seeing one another in secret. AfterJulie’s friend Angela, the hotel receptionist, finds out about the affair, she helps them conduct it at work. After they are nearly caught by another member of hotel staff, it’s a wake-up call for Juliewho realises that her family is at stake. Michael runs into a young woman in the car park where he works and feels flattered when she compliments him. After he flirts with her though she feels threatened and makes a complaint and Michael is suspended, pending an investigation. Aaron’s family start to see the change in him and it’s like he’s grown up. Aaron’s parents return to the house unexpectedly one day though and are shocked to find their son with an older woman.
Everybody is left feeling from the confrontation in the breakfast room. Julie attempts to to apologise to her family, but they won’t listen and it’s clear she’s not welcome any more. Aaron argues with his father, who is not happy that he has thrown his job away. Angela allows Julie and Aarom to stay in her spare bedroom. Michael ends up being charged with threatening behaviour and it seems likely he will get a fine. Julie ends up knowing that she must move back in with Michael and Aaron returns to his parents but they both are determined to make their relationship work somehow. Maxine ends up pleading with Aaron to leave their family alone. Julie ends up deciding to end her relationship with Aaron after realsing that she could never give up her children. Later on after Julie reflects on what she’s lost she gets in her car and drives to Aaron’s flat. Aaron refuses to answer the door though. Several months later, Jonah is getting married and Aaronis amongst the guests with a new girlfriend. Julie is supervising operations at the back and Aaron turns and catches Julie’s eye. They share an uncertain, bittersweet smile together.