Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton) is trying to piece together her life following the “incident”. Once a successful travel writer , she is forced to take whatever job comes her way , which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know her situation openly shun her , even to the point of violent actions toward her. She , in turn , fosters that solitary life because of the incident , the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian (Ezra Miller) , who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship , even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw , Franklin (John C. Reilly) , Eva s complacent husband , just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother.