Manchester, the present day. Michael's life is about to change. For better or worse is hard to say. Sharing a flat with his mate Dig, who rarely bothers to get dressed, Michael divides his time between the Job Centre, his sister Mand's and the pub. He meets Lee when she is thrown out of the Job Centre and takes refuge in the pub. She asks if she can crash at his and he agrees. Lee works in a massage parlour; Michael goes along one night and witnesses the violent death of a 'punt'. The owner of the business offers Michael a job on the door, which he accepts. As he experiences blood-drenched flashbacks, Michael feels himself being gradually sucked into a strange twilight world that he doesn't understand but that is irresistibly attractive. When he finds out what goes on in the room at the bottom of the fire escape, Michael's life will never be the same again.