It is the early '70s. Thirty-two-year-old Lenore Bloom-depressed, wretched, and unable to cope-makes a decision to take all steps necessary to bring about change in her life. A wife and mother, her idea is to change the nature of her marriage, and so she leaves in the glare of shame and irresponsibility. Well aware how the world affects one from another, she is yet to learn how one affects the world.
Lenore begins a job in an infamous hotel named the Star in Newcastle, a big town north of Sydney in New South Wales. There she meets seventeen-year-old Fras and sixteen-year-old Harry, the two apprentice chefs who work the kitchen. These two young boys change her, and in turn, Lenore changes them.