Pascal CAUCHETEUX (WHY NOT PRODUCTIONS), Rebecca O’BRIEN (SIXTEEN FILMS)
Liverpool, August 1976. 5-year-old Fergus met Frankie on his first day at school. They've been in each others' shadow ever since. As teenagers they skipped school and drank cider on the ferry over the River Mersey, dreaming about travelling the world. In September 2004, Fergus (ex-SAS) persuaded Frankie (ex-Para) to join his security team in Baghdad. £12,000 a month, tax free. Their last chance to 'load up' in this increasingly privatised war. Together they risked their lives in a city steeped in violence, terror and greed, and awash with US dollars, by the billion. In March 2006, Frankie died on Route Irish, the most dangerous road in the city. Back in Liverpool, a grief-stricken Fergus rejects the official explanation, and begins his own investigation into his soulmate's. Only Rachel, Frankie's partner grasps the depth of his sorrow, and the lethal possibilities of his fury. Can Fergus find out what happened to Frankie on Route Irish? And can he find his old self again, and the happiness he shared with Frankie 20 years ago on the Mersey?