This film tells the story of an unlikely kind of friendship that develops between Fergus, an Irish Republican Army volunteer, and Jody, a kidnapped British soldier lured into an IRA trap. When the hostage-taking ends up going horribly wrong, Fergus escapes and heads to London, where he seeks out Jody's lover, a hairdresser named Dil. Fergus adopts the name 'Jimmy' and gets a job as a day labourer. He also starts seeing Dil, who knows nothing about Fergus's IRA background. But there are some things about Dil that Fergus doesn't know, either.