Brought up by relatives in Sunderland, Amy Shawe is the unpaid skivvy of her aunt, the subject of her grandfather’s cruel remarks and the focus of her eldest cousin’s lechery. When she falls head over heels in love, she marries a handsome, wealthy widower and escapes her aunt’s house. But all too soon it’s clear that Amy’s traded one place of danger for another. Heartbroken, she’s forced to flee everything she’s ever known. Eight years on, Amy has carved a new life for herself. World War II is raging and she has volunteered for the WAAF. But the past refuses to let her go. Just when Amy thinks she’s found happiness it slips from her grasp . . .