At the end of her first year as a servant of the services, Jessie has been offered training to become a cook and has agreed to work at the RAF aerodrome at Eastchurch for a few weeks until the next course begins.
Jessie is prepared to work hard, but when she arrives at the canteen, reputed to be the showplace of the area, she suffers the derision of the manageress who expects the latest in a succession of kitchen maids to know the routine.
When a trainee arrives to gain experience of canteen work Jessie is aggrieved that the accident prone cook has attended a course and presumably the supervisor had no intention of keeping her promise.
The canteen is enlivened by the exploits of a new charge hand, who befriends Jessie and accompanies her to Gillingham Hospital.
An emergency operation for appendicitis provides a respite: Jessie is sent to Chatham to convalesce and then home to recuperate. She has no intention of returning to the drudgery of canteen work, but changes her mind when she is offered a job at Preston.
The duties at the canteen at Fulwood Barracks are just as arduous, but there is a friendly atmosphere, and amusing incidents relieve the monotony of the daily routine.
Jessie is rewarded with happiness: a goal to strive for, the respect of her superiors, friendship, and the love of a corporal.