In January 1947, Lillian’s Aunty Eileen escaped their family’s Southend boarding house to find her own path. Now Lillian’s gran rules the family with an iron fist and Lillian is no better than a slave. She takes comfort from her Aunty Eileen’s example, knowing that she will one day leave and become a dancer. As the austere Forties give way to the excitement of the Fifties, Lillian joins a touring company, dancing in the chorus line. Her dream is so close she can touch it. When a family crisis demands her return to Southend, Lillian starts to think – is it time to find a new dream to follow?