It is 1943 and the quiet of Harrowbeer, in Devon, is disrupted by increased activity at the nearly airfield, built at the beginning of the War. Among the squadrons moving in are pilots from Britain, Canada, and Poland. The airfield, with its noise and its population, has a massive impact on the peaceful villages nearby—an impact that will affect some inhabitants for the rest of their lives. Alison, married to a pilot and newly pregnant, soon makes friends with the locals, particularly with May, who finds herself caught up in the life of the RAF, watching and waiting as the pilots and crew carry out their dangerous missions. Then, on the night when Alison's baby is born, her husband is reported missing and Alison and May find themselves facing a dilemma all too familiar to the wives and sweethearts of those who flew the Spitfires, Hurricanes, and other aircraft to protect their country during this time of war.