Life in 1920s Liverpool for sisters Gloria and Betty Jenkins is secure and comfortable. Elder sister Gloria finds romance with the boy next door – until her wealthy but snobbish Aunt Sybil steps in, offering her the opportunity of a lifetime. A trip to New York opens the doors to a new life for Gloria – including a wealthy husband. Meanwhile, Betty also chooses a career at sea, one which offers challenges and great opportunities, especially in matters of the heart. But with the Wall Street Crash of 1929 tragedy strikes for one of the sisters. Through the trials ahead they come to value the bonds of family more than ever.