At nineteen, Christine is happy working in a bakery, hanging out with a succession of rough lads and battling with her indomitable mother, Margaret. When Margaret tries to set her daughter up with a nice young bank clerk, Christine is initially repelled by the idea. But when she falls pregnant after a visit to a safari park, she is forced into a shotgun marriage - to Michael, the clerk.
Christine gives birth to twins, Jude and Jess, and life seems alright for a while. But the house is not a good place for children to grow up in; there are too many secrets, too much swearing and shouting. And the twins become increasingly strange: Jude is quiet, creepily passive, and Jess is a foul-mouthed, trouble-maker. Immersed in their own private world, their violent games must end in tragedy...
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