For as long as he can remember, teenager Lochlan has yearned to be someone's priority. His only close family is his mother Harriet - a shining, charismatic cabaret performer, addicted to the buzz of stage lights and the validation of applause. Fighting for Harriet's attention has always been a losing battle, and has pushed Lochlan to seek out mother figures in other women. As a new school year begins, Lochlan sets his sights on his teacher, Mrs Kibre - a delectably stiff and private woman. He takes pleasure in trying to bust into her highly-guarded personal world through a string of after-school detentions. When Mrs Kibre demands a parent-teacher meeting, Lochlan gleefully awaits the clash of two polar opposite women, and looks forward to Mrs Kibre's sympathy for his situation. But to his shock, the women hit it off - Mrs Kibre seemingly intrigued by Harriet's glittery world. When Lochlan learns that an unlikely friendship may be forming, he quickly loses control.