Arthur Craythorne has barely married Queenie May when he is called away to fight in the First World War. When he returns from the trenches, he is a changed man. He struggles to contain the violent flashes of anger he confuses with love; and his two young daughters, Florrie and Alice, strive hard to please the stranger who calls himself their father.
Florrie seethes with envy of her sister as she watches them grow closer, but Arthur’s attentions towards Alice are more ambiguous than either of them yet realize or acknowledge. Finally, many years later, when long-buried family secrets slowly resurface, no-one is quite prepared to face the truth.