Richard loses his job. He’s ditched by his gold-digging fiancée. His ex-wife dumps a daughter he didn’t know about on his doorstep. Will being a single dad make another romance impossible? Has it ended Richard’s new freedom to make a teenage dream come true?
Fourteen-year-old Maria knows her mother doesn’t want her. Can she believe her father does, or is she a burden he’d be happier without?
Ben, a dog Richard adopted from a rescue centre, defends Maria from a rapist, but the Dangerous Dogs Act is draconian. Will the Jack Russell’s life be forfeit, Richard jailed, and Maria lose her only defender in a world that keeps proving it’s hostile?