Lizzie Smith became part of the Carter family when she was orphaned as a child. With four boys, Polly Carter sees Lizzie as the daughter she never had and it is only fitting that Lizzie should eventually marry one of her sons. But, much as she loves Stan, Lizzie knows that her husband has a dark side, and when he is involved in a work dispute with Philip Verne, at Verne’s Silk Mill, Lizzie senses trouble ahead.
War intervenes, taking the Carter men away. When Stan returns,he confronts Philip late one night and their actions end in disaster. Lizzie and her three children are devastated by the consequences, but it is Polly who cannot forgive Philip Verne.
Then Philip offers Lizzie financial compensation that would enable her to start a silk mill of her own. She is torn: as part of the Carter family, can she accept Philip’s kindness?