"..with a lightness of touch addresses issues about teenagers and their need for ‘identity’."
With the closure of Archway Young Offenders Institution a notebook is found in one of the rooms. It is the diary of Emily Koll, a young woman who is awaiting trial for a crime she committed. There is no doubt of her guilt, but Emily wants to explain the reason why. How she got to such a situation and how something that appeared so straight forward became so complicated.
She was only going to get revenge on Juliet, the teenager who stabbed Emily's father while he was in the throes of killing Juliet's father. Now one is dead and the other is serving time. And Emily feels she wants to balance the scales, to pay Juliet back for sending her father to prison. When Emily finds where Juliet lives and her new identity Emily inveigles her way in to Juliet's life to take something away from her just as Juliet took something from Emily. But nothing is as simple as it seems as emotions get in the way and distort Emily's reason.