Hazel, Lillian and Ruby might never have become friends if it hadn't been for the war. Hazel is a young teacher with a guilty secret and Lillian is sole carer to her domineering invalid mother. Ruby is an evacuee waif from the East End of London, abandoned by her feckless mother and left to the mercies of an uncaring and resentful foster family. The three find pleasure and support in one another's friendship. For the three girls the final years of the war bring new, undreamed of experiences, friendship and, for Hazel and Lillian, true love. For each girl, life changes direction, but will it lead to a happier future?