Arthur Craythorne has barely married Queenie May when he is
called away to fight in the First World War. When he returns from
the trenches, he is a changed man and his wife and two young
daughters, Alice and Florrie, strive hard to steer clear of his
aggression and make him proud.
Although Florrie follows Arthur into the Catholic Church, it is
Alice he seems to favour, and Florrie seethes with envy of her
sister as she watches them grow closer. But Arthur's attentions
towards Alice prove darker than either of them can yet acknowledge,
and when Arthur dies, the three women he leaves behind must each
find ways to cope with all that remains unspoken between them.