To Jack, our five-year-old narrator, Room is his entire world: where he was born, where he plays with his makeshift toys, and where he stands under the skylight playing the screaming game with Ma. At night, Ma puts Jack safely to sleep in the wardrobe, in case Old Nick comes. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she's been held captive for seven years, ever since she was kidnapped at age nineteen. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a “normal” life for Jack. But as Jack's curiosity builds, so does Ma's desperation and she knows Room cannot contain either much longer.