Five-year-old Jack was born in Room and has never known anything of life outside Room, the 11-square-foot space he shares with his mother. Jack has learned to read, count, and process an imaginary world “Outside” through television. Worried about his growing curiosity, Ma finally tells Jack that she was kidnapped by “Old Nick” and has been held secluded in Room for seven years. At night Jack sleeps in a wardrobe to avoid Old Nick when he comes to visit, bringing their only supplies. Hiding out-of-sight, hearing noises and talk he doesn’t understand, Nick’s visits are a frightening intrusion. Facing her own desperation, Ma reveals to Jack that the “Outside” is real and that they must escape.
Told in the poignant voice of five year old Jack, Room is a story of unconquerable love and harrowing circumstances.