Scotland, 1940. In a house on the east coast, Jane faces motherhood alone. With her husband away at war, there is no one to protect her from small town suspicions, and she must learn to keep her secrets to herself. Three decades later her daughter, Felicity, leaves their life behind for Montreal, glad to flee the unknowns that have plagued her so far. But her personal battles are nothing compared to the unrest here, where a commune in rural Quebec and a child of her own might be her saviours.