The unexpected death of her husband sends a woman (Anjelica Huston) and her seven children, ages 2-14, into emotional turmoil and financial crisis in 1967 Dublin. She is forced to borrow money from a ruthless loan shark (Ray Winstone) to make ends meet. She faces her dismal existence by selling fruits and vegetables at an open air market where she spends time with a best friend (Marion O'Dwyer) who gives her encouragement. Wishing to escape her existence, if only for a short time, she dreams of finding enough money to attend an upcoming Tom Jones concert. She realizes her dream by accepting her first date with a French baker (Arno Chevrier). Her kids pool their money so she can buy a new dress. Of course, eventually the family has to face the loan shark, but this is a movie where obstacles are maybe too easily overcome.