What is the mystery of the Rabbit Girl picture? Its secret is woven into two stories, one past, one present, told side by side. The first tells how 1940s evacuee Tony and his friend Alice befriend a fascinating old lady in the Lake District who introduces them to the countryside and draws Alice's portrait. In the second, teenage Mallie takes a part-time job in a pet shop, buys her artist mother a dusty old picture as a birthday present, and tries her best to engineer a romance between her new boss and her mother, aided by her feisty friend Jamila. Everything goes wrong ... but the picture has a power of its own and pulls both stories together - in front of TV cameras - in a jaw-dropping climax.