In northern Ireland, a pair of young couples find their lives beset by religious divisions. Eugene (Des McAleer) and Collette (Brid Brennan) are Roman Catholics, while Billy (Charles Lawson) and Lorraine (Paula Hamilton) are Protestants. Each pair is expecting its first child. Yet despite their superficial similarities, the two couples lead very different lives, colored by the region's political troubles. This becomes abundantly evident in the lead up to the Protestant July 12 celebrations.