Having lost her mother at a young age, Maria Conti is close to her father, Leo, who owns an Italian restaurant, Leonardo’s. Secretly, however, she worries over Leo's drinking and gambling binges. Maria has no one to advise her as Leo's family is in Italy and her mother's family in Ireland rejected her when she married a foreigner. Then Leo is tragically killed. In the dark days that follow it emerges that he has left them deeply in debt. Maria has no choice but to turn to her estranged Irish family.
Lily Grace has escaped the confines of the Scottish village where she grew up, and is at college in Newcastle. She loves her student life and hopes to stretch her wings even further by working on a cruise ship. The only cloud on the horizon is the blunder she made when she kissed her lecturer. Then a trip to Ireland for a family funeral changes everything. There she meets student Dara Ryan, and her brother Declan is smitten by the gorgeous Ava. Lily and Dara fall in love but she is fearful that a long-distance love affair is doomed.
As she puts the final stitches in her wedding dress, Sarah Love receives news which wrecks her future plans. Heartbroken, she leaps at a chance to make a fresh start. Within a week she has crossed the Irish Sea, and is lodging with other young women in a house in Newcastle, just a short walk from Harrison's, the rundown sewing shop where she will work for troubled spinster, Lucy Harrison. Putting the past behind her, she channels her energies into rebuilding Harrison's into a thriving business and her wonderful sewing and design skills soon lead her down a new path in life.
Late 1960s, Tullamore, County Offaly. Life is full of exciting possibilities for Fiona Tracey as she prepares to leave Ireland to work for a wealthy family in New York. Then a sudden tragedy forces Fiona to postpone her departure. As her mother sinks into illness and depression, Fiona's responsibilities mount, and she uncovers information which explodes old family secrets....