Johannesburg. 1976. Midnight. 10-year-old Niki is terrified. And no wonder—her mother repeatedly tells her that terrorists are coming to slit her throat. When Niki crawls into bed with her mother, seeking comfort from the very woman who terrified her in the first place, we see how twisted this mother/daughter relationship is. Narcissistic, delusional and dangerously unstable Christle is a mother who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. From throwing shocking tantrums to extinguishing cigarettes on her skin, beating up the maid, sleeping with the neighborhood, she manipulates everyone and everything with slippery finesse.
Witnessing meltdowns, hysterics, rapes and suicide attempts, Niki self-destructs. At 14, she’s using alcohol and sex to numb herself, and the only thing that keeps her going is the dream of becoming a pop star and leaving the grim reality behind her.
Eight years later, Niki’s living in a seedy hotel and just as her singing career takes off, she finds herself pregnant and alone. Niki’s frustration mounts as she tries to be a good parent to her baby daughter, Samantha yet craves the freedom to follow her dream. That’s when a needy Christle, reappears in Niki’s life, moves into the hotel and begins pitting Samantha against her own mother. As South Africa is ripped apart by violence and bloodshed, the mounting tension in the family escalates and Christle kidnaps her own granddaughter and simply disappears.
Christle resurfaces in England, places a restraining order against Niki and a desperate legal battle ensues. Has Niki realized too late that nothing is more important than being a good mother?