North London, November 1913. After her mother dies, Livvie Bone is left to support her family and protect her younger siblings from their drunken father. But life in Wood Green is hard and full of danger. When the mysterious Joe Hunter steps in to help her, Livvie is drawn to him, despite his reputation. Then Livvie is offered a job at the Barratt's Sweet Factory. Suddenly she has a chance to better herself. Livvie's fragile beauty captures the factory manager's eye. Lucas is a man of the world and he can open doors to the kind of life Livvie has only dreamed of. But war is approaching. What will Livvie choose?