In 1963, thirteen-year-old Joe Fergal Kennedy is a daydreaming Londoner. Fascinated by JFK, the new American president with whom he shares his initials, Joe imagines that he too may some day change the world. But his reveries are interrupted by the arrival of his older brother, Doug, and his striking girlfriend, Jackie, to whom Joe is attracted. Although Joe is thrilled to see Doug at first, he soon realizes having his brother back home is a mixed blessing. Dough has a dark anger building inside, causing his relationships to deteriorate. When Joe and Jackie learn of JFK's assassination, they are forced into a final chapter together where Joe receives his first lesson in love. Norowzian's masterful direction creates an unsentimental yet moving coming-of-age story from Chris Fallon's deft screenplay.