Desperately tired after months living rough with Italian partisans, Richard makes a mistake behind enemy lines that results in devastating tragedy.
Rose, performing for the troops crossing France, at last finds a man she feels she can love and is forced to make the most difficult decision of her life.
Merry's lover is returned to him from the jaws of death only to be separated from him again by the demands of duty.
But while the battle rages on they will fight for the future. In war and peace, in joy and despair, life continues - but never as expected.