Brendan is a janitor at a university who has a fondness for gambling, especially betting on horse races. However, he doesn’t have much skill at it, and poorly considered bets have drained the bank account he’d set aside for his daughter’s education. Brendan’s wife has made Brendan promise to give up gambling, but when their daughter announces she’s just been accepted to Trinity College in Ireland, Brendan has to come up with the tuition money, ..
He’s Irish, he’s ageing, he drinks, is a touch cynical and when he has time writes a newspaper column. On the eve of the country’s first election as an independent state, Dan Starkey’s life is about to change after he finds the young woman he has just made love to dead and his only ally is a nun