When Rose Brown's husband is killed at Dunkirk in 1940, she feels as though she's lost a part of herself.
Rose can't imagine the future without Ray, but she's certain he would have wanted her to start again.
She decides to volunteer as a postwoman in West London, and when she courageously rescues a young boy from a bombed-out house and takes him home, she finds a new sense of purpose.
Traumatised from losing his mother in the ruins, seven-year-old Alfie is also rebellious and withdrawn.
However, he touches the hearts of Rose's family, and with kindness, patience and love, they eventually win his trust.
But then a handsome stranger, Johnny Beech, turns up on the doorstep, looking for his son, and everything changes...