After twelve years in prison for armed robbery, sixty-one year old Jimmy Rose returns home to a mixed reception. Whilst daughter Julie and grandson Elliot are pleased to see him, his wife Jackie, weary of being a prison widow, is distant and sister-in-law Sue wants to keep her husband Roy away from Jimmy. Most hostile of all is estranged son Joe, who blames Jimmy's absence for grand-daughter Ellie's leaving home and becoming a drug addict. Accepting a dull job in a DIY store as part of his parole licence, Jimmy jeopardises it by tracking down Ellie, who is under the influence of boyfriend Aaron. Jimmy destroys Aaron's heroin supply, but his attempt to confront the drug dealers operating from a Pizza This takeaway leads to his being beaten up and dumped in the street.