Gosport, 1941. Fourteen-year-old Vera has led a sheltered life with her overbearing mother. But her world is turned upside down with the arrival of the Lovell family. Vera quickly befriends the daughter, Angela, who opens Vera's eyes to what she has been missing. But Vera invites the unwanted attention of Angela's father, with devastating consequences.
Outraged at the news that her teenage daughter is pregnant, Vera's mother sends her to a home for wayward girls. After giving birth, Vera manages to escape, only to end up homeless. Alone and struggling to make ends meet, Vera is determined to give her son a better life. But just as their fortunes seem to change for the better, everything Vera has worked for is threatened.