Nell Whitaker is fifteen when war breaks out and, despite her protests, her mother sends her to live with her Auntie Kath on a remote farm in Anglesey.
Life on the farm is hard, and Nell is lonely after living in the busy heart of Liverpool all her life.
Only her friendship with young farm hand Bryn makes life bearable.
But when he leaves to join the merchant navy, Nell is alone again, with only the promise of his return to keep her spirits up. But Bryn's ship is sunk, and Bryn is reported drowned, leaving Nell heartbroken.
Determined to bury her grief in hard work, Nell finds herself growing closer to Auntie Kath, whose harsh attitude hides a kind heart.
Despite their new closeness, however, she dare not question her aunt about the mysterious photograph of a young soldier she discovers in the attic. As time passes, the women learn to help each other through the rigours of war. And when Nell meets Bryn's friend Hywel, she begins to believe that she, too, may find love...