In this book, Helen Forrester continues the moving story of her early poverty-stricken life with an account of the war years in blitz-torn Liverpool, and the happiness which she so nearly captured but which was to elude her twice.
In 1940, Helen, now twenty, reeling from the news that her fiance Harry has been killed on an Atlantic convoy, is working long hours at a welfare centre in Bootle, five miles from home. Her wages are pitifully low, and her mother claims the whole of them for the housekeeping. Then early in 1941 she gets a new job, and begins to enjoy herself a little. But in May the bombing starts again and another move brings more trouble to Helen, trouble which will be faced, as ever, with courage and determination.