'The Silent Stormfollows the story of minister Balor, played by Damian Lewis, and his mysterious wife Aislin, played by Andrea Riseborough, whose turbulent and disruptive marriage verges on the edge of gothic melodrama. Balor is extremely religious and God-fearing and his wife is the complete opposite, much to his discomfort, as she chooses to practice Pagan rituals over believing in her husband’s faith. Aislin is enigmatic and mysterious; her life before her marriage is unknown and Riseborough reinforces the unknown quality of her character by choosing to play her as conflicted and distant. They are far from happy and Balor’s quick temper and religious steadfastness causes him to be violent and abusive towards his wife. She is trapped in a marriage where she fears the aggressive force of her husband. It is with the introduction of a young delinquent Fionn, played by Ross Anderson, who moves in to live with the couple to rehabilitate when the character dynamic is changed and tested. There is a glimmer of hope and promise with the arrival of Fionn who instantly forms a connection with Aislin. They are both subject to Balor’s harsh words and actions and can relate to each other as outsiders.