Recovering alcoholic Joseph falls into despair when his ex Debbie decides to move to Australia in a bid to start a new life, and takes their nine-year-old son Shea with her. Joseph decides to walk away from his present life and boards a boat bound for Ireland to confront hazy, fear-inducing memories from a childhood spent in the care system.
Joseph uses alcohol to numb the pain and loneliness of an existence that is gradually eating away at him. He decides to confront the past he fled when he was still young. He discovers a loving home with his sister, whom he hasn't seen for 30 years, and establishes a deep spiritual relationship with his sister-in-law, a fiery young woman. When the dark secrets he has kept buried since childhood return to the surface, Joseph must choose revenge or forgiveness.
The Virtues - Series 1, Episode 1 Synopsis and Schedule