In contemporary Ireland, St. Malachy’s asylum is being shut down. An elderly woman who has spent most of her life there, after she was arrested for murdering her newborn, is being prepared to be transferred. When she refuses to be bussed off to another facility, she becomes assessed by a psychiatrist to evaluate her potential release. What ensues is a series of time jumps between the current era and 1942 as the woman traces her history and argues her case. As she attempts to bring a part of her herself into focus, crucial chapters from her past come back to her with a new specificity.