The war is over and the inhabitants of Magnolia Square are looking forward to their lives returning to normal. But, for some, the end of the war has brought serious problems. Kate Voigt is finally able to marry Leon Emmerson, a Londoner like herself, but of mixed race. When old man Harvey, a wealthy figure in south London and great-grandfather to Kate’s son Matthew, hears of the match he is determined that young Matthew should not be raised by Leon and he begins a fight to wrest Kate’s son away from her. For Jewish refugee Christina who has married commando Jack Robson, peacetime has brought its own special torment. She is convinced her mother and grandmother have survived the Holocaust and her determination to find them causes her to put everything – even her marriage – at risk.