Martin and his mother struggle for survival in the huge Canvey Island floods of 1953.
And everything changes.
As University looms, Martin is forced to break up with Linda - his one great love.
But Cambridge proves an eye-opening experience.
With her marriage already under strain, Claire leaves with her daughter Lucy to join the protestors on Greenham Common.
While Claire is at Greenham Common, Martin revisits Canvey Island and finds it impossible to avoid seeing Linda - his first true love.
He prays that Claire will not find out.
Martin begins to re-evaluate his relationship with his often distant father.
He also hopes to learn the truth about Len's relationship with Violet.