When her home is destroyed in a bombing raid over London, Miranda Beddoes is forced to take refuge with her grandparents in Dorset. With both her parents doing their duty for king and country, she joins the WAAF. Despite her dedication to work, Miranda falls for a charismatic fighter pilot. As the battle rages in the skies above them and she learns that his plane has been hit, it is only the friendship of her fellow girls in blue that keeps her going as she waits for news.
June 1944. Eighteen-year-old Ginnie Travis works in her father's furniture shop in the suburbs of East London when the continued bombing raids and her sister Shirley's untimely pregnancy force the two girls to go and stay with their aunt in Shropshire. Here Ginnie falls in love with an American, Lieutenant Nick Miller, stationed nearby.
It is 1940 and Britain is at war with Germany. In London, eighteen-year-old Susan Banks longs to do her duty. Her secret ambition is to learn to fly - to serve her country and realise her dream. But she knows it is out of the question for a girl like her; a foundling, unwanted and unloved and dependent on strangers for her welfare.
It is April 1939 and unaware that the German war machine is advancing towards the Channel Islands, 17-year-old Meg Colivet and her sister are enjoying a holiday in Oxford with their aunt. Here Meg meets charismatic German undergraduate Rayner Weiss and the couple fall passionately in love. But all too soon, Britain is at war with Germany, Guernsey has been occupied and Meg's family home requisitioned by the German army...