Born in Colombo, Judith Dunbar spends her teenage years at boarding
school, while her beloved mother and younger sister live abroad
with her father. When her new friend Loveday Carey-Lewis invites
Judith home for the weekend to Nancherrow, the Carey-Lewises'
beautiful estate on the Cornish coast, it is love at first sight.
She falls in love too with the generous Carey-Lewises themselves.
With their generosity and kindness, Judith grows from naive girl to
confident young woman, basking in the warm affection of a surrogate
family whose flame burns brightly. But it is a flame soon to be
extinguished in the gathering storm of war. And Judith herself has
far to travel before at last . . . coming home.