Summer 1953. Hilary Napier's life is turned upside-down when Marianne, a beautiful French woman, knocks on her door. Hilary can't help but be struck by Robert, the young boy with her. As she listens to Marianne's sad tale, she realises Robert is her brother’s son. But this is only the first revelation...As the village of Burracombe tries to make sense of the strangers in their midst, there is also much to celebrate. Hilary has her friends to turn to as she tries to find out the facts about her brother's past. But it's her future she worries about – if Robert is the heir to Burracombe, where does that leave Hilary? And is this young boy ready for all that it means?