This book is based on the life of Kitty, born in Leeds to Church of England parents, raised in a terraced house with her parents and two brothers. Her Dad was sent to France during the First World War. Her mother died suddenly at the age of thirty-nine when Kitty was only eleven years of age.
It traces her survival until she became independent and decided to become a nurse, meeting many people who had a great impact on her life, none less so than Tom, an Irish Catholic. He eventually became her husband. He brought her to Ireland to live in the country with no electricity, no running water, and no transport.