It is summer 1953 and the friends and neighbours of Magnolia Square are looking forward to celebrating the Coronation. The war is a distant memory and the future seems rosy. Kate Emmerson is proud of her growing family, which includes Matthew, whose father was killed in the war. Matthew’s wealthy relations have never forgiven Kate for marrying Leon, a West Indian Thames lighterman, and when Matthew runs away from his smart boarding school, tensions between the two families come to a head. Meanwhile Zac, the handsome new signing at the local boxing club, is being eyed hopefully by the young women of the square, but has eyes only for Carrie Collins, whose husband, Danny, is more interested in the boxing club and his market stall than in her. In the weeks leading up to the Coronation, Magnolia Square is once again the centre of conflict and drama.