Daisy Gallagher is big, tough and loving. In Liverpool in the depression, she is the staff and the support of her family . . . and is always short of money. One night she is cornered by three drunken sailors. When they pay her for what they have done, Daisy realises that she has found a job - a job that will enable her to get medical help for her dying friend.
Liverpool Daisy learns to fight competition, laugh with her customers, weep in private. She becomes the toast of the neighbourhood - until the day she hears that her husband is coming home from sea . . .