After her father's death, 10-year-old Renee and her mother are forced to take in two lodgers. Renee grows up weaving romantic fantasies around them, firstly the dependable Jack and later the charming Fergus. He cements her obsession with him by seducing her, then breaking her heart.
With the advent of the Second World War, Renee is thrown into further turmoil as the two men are sent into action, leaving her to a whirlwind of RAF sergeants stationed in the area. She meets and falls in love with Glynn, and the pair decide to marry. However, something remains wrong in Renee's world . . . could her secret fear be the reason for her inability to find lasting happiness?