Katy dreams of a better life than being a servant at Cheadle Manor but her attempt to escape its confines is thwarted. The ensuing scandal draws her back under the authority of the local parish, before personal tragedy catapults her into the wider conflict of World War One. While daffodils spring into life, bringing renewal and hope, equal numbers of young men are cut down and Katy longs to play her part in the struggle.
Should Katy leave behind the stifling hierarchy of Edwardian society by going to the battlefields of France, or succumb to a different, more tempting offer?
While seeking the answer, Katy makes true friends, and learns new and surprising skills, but the brutality of global war brings home the price she has paid for her search.