Gillian Finch and Dorothy Prosser are firm friends as well as cousins. For four years they have kept their friendship secret in the face of the bitter feud that has broken out between their respective families over the will of the family matriarch, Rose Prosser. Siblings, Henry Prosser and Vera Finch are at loggerheads over it and Vera is convinced that Henry has cheated her. It is not the only secret.
Faith Pryor has always run away when things become difficult, whether it be from care homes or foster parents. She always lived in the hope she would find the family she had lost during the chaos of the war. Then she ran away from her fiancé Matt, but leaving him wasn't hard once she had learned of his dark secret. A family of her own was her greatest wish, but something she would never find. Now, after meeting Ian in a chance encounter on a train, running was the last thing she wanted to do.
Mary Bradbourne's aunt brought her up after her parents died. When she was ten, her aunt had a son, Jackie, who was left with a mental handicap as the result of an accident. Unselfish and affectionate, Mary has dedicated her life to caring for him. But then she meets Dr Paul Deal. As her feelings for him intensify, she is faced with a dilemma. How will she be able to care for her cousin when she knows that she must follow her heart?