Lilian's Story is a drama about a woman, Lilian Singer (Ruth Cracknell), who is committed by her overbearing and neurotic father to an insane asylum in Australia for four decades. She begins to search for meaning and purpose in her life once she is released, hoping to find aspects of her life which were denied to her, such as love and friendship. Lilian first seeks out her mother (Ann-Louise Lambert), hoping to find some guidance and direction, but she is unable to help her daughter. A fire burns within Lilian as she makes an attempt to come to terms with her past and move on to a better life. She reunites with Frank (John Flaus), a taxi driver with whom she had fallen in love many years ago. Viewers are given a glimpse into Lilian's life in the mental institution through a series of flashbacks throughout the film, which add depth and understanding to Lilian's current struggles.