English physician Maria and her Scottish husband Henry had taken their three young sons on a Christmas holiday to Thailand, when the tsunami hit.
One moment, Maria was relaxing beside the pool with a good book, while Henry and the boys played ball in the pool. The next, the whole scene was destroyed.
There was no visible pool. There was barely a hotel standing. Destruction stretched for as far as the eye could see. Bodies and deadly debris floated in the water. This was not a case of brace yourself and survive it. People were swept miles away on a raging current. Hundreds of thousands more lost their lives.
It all happened so fast. An instant of rumbling, then all of reality turned on its head. For those not killed immediately, the aftermath was a desperate fight for survival. The hours, days, weeks and months which followed constituted a confusion of reaching medical assistance, finding your loved ones (or identifying their remains, or never knowing what happened to them), counting the cost and putting your lives together again.
So what if you had a lost five year old in all of that? Or a seven and half year old? A thirteen year old? Your husband or wife?
That's precisely what happened to the Belon family, and The Impossible recreates their story blow by blow.