Ada Moscrop, a thirty something Ward Sister from Cumbria, nursed a secret dream. It is 1922 and most of the eligible men who could have been a suitor, have either died in the recent war or succumbed to the influenza epidemic if they did make it home. Her dream of becoming a wife and mother have long disappeared. Then along came handsome and dashing Daniel McAuley from Westmeath in Ireland. A patient on the Men's Surgical Ward at Blackburn Royal Infirmary and just the man that Ada has been waiting for. She is unaware though that he has a secret past. After leaving Ireland because of the constraints of a marriage that had been forced upon him and fear of reprisals after having been a member of a dissident group, Daniel starts working at a Blackburn brewery and fills the gap in Ada's loveless life. But will his past catch up with him to break poor Ada's heart, or like all strong women she will manage to survive it?