Holiday 1939, as war clouds gather over Europe the Wiltshire family have one last long idyllic summer holiday.
Laurel, Tony and Kim Wiltshire have lived a secure and comfortable life with their parents in Regents Park. The Second World War means that they are packed off to their grandparents in the country.
The Wiltshire children, having been evacuated to their grandparents, are starting to run wild. Matters are made worse when they are joined by Albert, a young lad evacuated from the East End.
Laurel, Tony and Kim Wiltshire meet their parents whom they haven't seen for months because of the war.
Tony Wiltshire feels unwanted at his grandparents house so runs away to London
Lena Wiltshire slides into alcoholism and despair following the death of her husband.
The Wiltshire children are staying with their dreadful Aunt Lindsey.
With clothes rationing in force, Laurel is sent to school wearing green amid a sea of blue and grey.
Another Visit Laurel has been accused of wearing pearls given to her by a soldier. Her dreadful Aunt Lindsey comes to school to try and get to the bottom of it.
Laurel has run away from school and finds herself alone in London