Carrie McDarmoun is just fifteen when her big sister marries into the Sutton family. It's a day to celebrate, despite the scowl on Olive Sutton's face at one of her lads marrying beneath them. By evening Carrie's tipsy on her first taste of homemade sloe gin - but then stolen moments with the boy of her dreams turn sour and change her life for ever.
David Sutton can't remember a time when he didn't love Carrie, even though she's only ever seen him as a friend. He's the first to notice that all's not well with the lovely girl whose happiness means everything to him. When she confides the secret she's concealing, David doesn't hesitate to offer the solution any woman in Carrie's position prays for, on one condition: that no one else knows the truth.