The true story of Monica Baldwin who, having entered a closed order of nuns in 1914 a few months before the beginning of the First World War, emerged 28 years later during the Blitz, into a world changed beyond belief from the one she had left.
In the intervening period, she had not read a newspaper, seen a photograph or heard the radio.
Monica wants to do her bit for the war effort and becomes an unlikely land girl.
Cousins Gay and Barbara boldly give advice on how to acquire the experience of life Monica lacks.
A trip to Scotland inspires Monica.
But when she goes to work in a hostel for munitions workers in Wigan, she encounters the less obvious casualties of war.
Monica rises to the challenge of peeling potatoes and frying her first sausage when she takes a job as an Army canteen assistant.
Monica meets a ghost from the past who offers help.
Will she follow her head or her heart? And will she ever tell Freda what made her leave the convent?