This is a family story about the Cheadles who took in evacuees during the war. One of these child evacuees was Harry, a rather strange little boy who nevertheless won Sally's heart. Harry was abused by his father which accounted for his strange and bad behaviour. However, when his school was bombed, Harry was changed and made a vow to become a doctor. The family's own little boy died of consumption which devastated the family. Eventually, however the family were able to overcome their grief and adopt the children they cared for during the war.