Genie Watkins, a Birmingham kid with a sharp tongue and an unflinching sense of loyalty, longs to have a proper happy family like her Italian friend Teresa. But it’s August 1939. With her father and brother away, she takes on responsibility for her mother, who at first finds the war strangely liberating. With the additional problems of her uncle Len and her glamorous songbird auntie Lil, Genie has her work cut holding together the family’s already rocky existence. But from amidst the rubble of the Blitz come extraordinary surprises, glimpses of hope – and, above all, powerful resilience.