With the approach of war about to bring heartache to families all over England, Elsie Mead longs to do her duty for King and country. She heads to London to act as an interpreter for thousands of Belgian refugees. Although she enjoys her work, she longs to do more. And when the opportunity arises she joins the Foreign Office, travelling to France as an undercover agent. When circumstances force her to return home, she enlists in a volunteer corps. And on the battlefields of Europe she must find courage to help save lives, hoping that someday soon she'll be reunited with the man she loves.
Ginnie Travis is working in her father's furniture shop, when the bombing raids and her sister Shirley's untimely pregnancy force the two girls to go and stay with their aunt in Shropshire. Here Ginnie falls in love with an American, Lieutenant Nick Miller. But she discovers that Nick has a fiancee back home and heartbroken Ginnie ends the relationship. Then news of their father's death in an air raid reaches them. With the family left almost penniless and Shirley and her child to provide for, Ginnie is responsible for them all. And when the shop comes under threat, Ginnie is even more determined to make it succeed.