Iris Crane's tranquil life is shattered when a letter summons memories from her bittersweet past: her first love, her best friend, and the tragedy that changed everything. Iris, a young Australian nurse, travels to France during World War I to bring home her 15-year-old brother, who ran away to enlist. But in Paris she meets the charismatic Dr. Frances Ivens, who convinces Iris to help establish a field hospital in the old abbey at Royaumont, staffed entirely by women - a decision that will change her life.
"A wonderful Book"
Iris is getting old. A widow, her days are spent living quietly and worrying about her granddaughter, Grace, a headstrong young doctor. Iris receives an invitation to a WW1 reunion in France. She is overcome by memories of the past and her journey to France in 1914, when she followed her young brother Tom, intending to bring him home. But on her way to find Tom, Iris truly comes of age working in a field hospital at Royaumont. Discovering her passion for medicine and making friends with Violet while falling in love. But war is brutal, and there is a terrible price to pay.