For Mary Callaghan, marriage has brought heartaches and disappointments, but her daughters bring her great joy. It is for them that she works so hard, rising before dawn to sell the fruit and vegetables that keep the bailiffs from the door. She wants for them what she never had – a husband who will offer the security her own hard-drinking, free-spending, brash-talking Jack denied her.
But the future looks grim for them too. Daisy announces her pregnancy and a disinterested father while Nell wonders how she can ever fall in love. As the world around grows more uncertain, and war more likely, risking all for love seems a dangerous game.