I am reading all the Burracombe books in order. This is a slight diversion from the village tales and mainly focuses on characters from Maddy's past when she was evacuated and fostered during the war. She and her sister Stella receive an invitation to Rose Budd's wedding, the daughter of the family she lived with during this time. Maddy meets up with Sammy, their son and the relationship flourishes. Unfortunately tragedy looms and Maddy turns to the son of the Napiers, Stephen, who she has kept in touch with during his National Service in the RAF and whose family run an estate in Burracombe.