Claudia, a lonely single mother, overlooked by her community and unable to get through to her son, longs for connection. Her opportunity comes when a young local child — Emily Winter — goes missing. Claudia becomes embroiled in the case, leading search efforts, and fixating on uncovering the truth herself.
She finds herself connected to more than one suspect: her ex-husband Leon, aggressive neighbour Dave and his overly-earnest wife Joanne, and secretive teacher George, who has recently moved to the area. Her fascination quickly turns to obsession, not only with Emily, but also with Emily’s family at the heart of the case: her handsome and grief-stricken father Owen, her cold mother Sabine and her 12-year- old brother Dean. As Claudia’s compulsive investigation gets out of hand, she uncovers an even darker truth hiding in the house across the street.
Claudia, recovering from cancer and sharing custody of her 12-year-old son Rhys, works as a primary school nurse and struggles to find meaning in her life.
She tries in vain to help Imogen, a little girl she fears is being mistreated at home, but when she stumbles upon a search for five-year-old Emily Winter, who’s gone missing from the playground on her street, Claudia is inescapably drawn to Emily’s parents Owen and Sabine.
As Claudia’s obsession with the case grows, she forges a relationship with mysterious George, an English teacher at her school and finds herself in the midst of a deepening mystery.
The House Across the Street begins at 9pm on Channel 5.