Charlie is just 11 years old when a road accident puts him into a coma. His family are encouraged to talk to him constantly with stories and anecdotes. In between these visits we embark on a journey that involves this family seven years in the future. His sister, now grown up falls in love with a handsome soldier with a dark and unhappy past. He is involved in rescuing his friends sister from drug traffickers and prostitution. It is a story of immense bravery and betrayal. The story line touches on many subjects including religion, domestic abuse, child abuse, cot death, terrorism, suicide and murder, but mostly it is a love story. There are striking parallels between the stories Charlie is told and what happens in the future. Could it all just be a dream?