Young Gabriel takes care of his young son alone, since his mother has disappeared into the drug fog. But this summer he meets Corey, the mysterious girlfriend of his best friend Joel. Together with her, he plunges into the nightlife of the city, which is in a state of emergency due to escaped zoo animals and other turmoil. Gabriel experiences his own ecstatic, delirious state of emergency.
During her Christmas holidays with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, Diana decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles.
Middle-aged Sue works in a library. Her teenage son Daniel eats crisps and listens to Metallica. Daniel had planned to spend the summer with his father in Florida. But when they cancel his trip at the last minute, Sue and Daniel suddenly face the prospect of six long weeks together. Over the course of the summer, an epic war of wills rages in the unassuming battleground of their suburban home as Sue and Daniel reckon with private tragedies – and pursue their personal passions.