The Porters and the Mills have always been bound by family and friendship. But their lives are shattered when the Porters' home is destroyed in the Blitz, and the only survivors are 17-year-old Nell and her little sister Pansy. Determined to look after them, Peg Mills welcomes the girls into her family, and, in time, the girls begin to thrive - Pansy, evacuated to the countryside, and Nell in her new job at the local newspaper. Just when she needs him most, Nell's childhood friend Ed Mills is declared missing in action. She is distraught that the war has stolen the man she cares most about in this world. If only she'd told him how she really felt about him before it was too late . . .