In the summer of 1914, Daniel Beresford’s innocent love
affair with the merchant’s daughter is discovered, forcing him to make an
impossible decision to save his family from financial ruin. When news of the
First World War reaches Middle Tickle, Daniel, who is torn between his love for
Emma Tavenor and his responsibility to his family, enlists in the Newfoundland
Regiment and departs for training.
When Emma learns her father is to blame for Daniel’s
unexplained departure, she follows him to England, hoping they’ll be reunited.
Yet on the voyage, she discovers the regiment has been called up and is already
engaged in battle. She realizes her only hope of finding Daniel is to join the
Voluntary Aid Detachment and make her way to the Western Front.
In 1916, on the eve of the Battle of the Somme, Emma and
Daniel are reunited for a single, impassioned night near Beaumont-Hamel. Can
the love they share survive the barriers of class and the horrors of battle? Or
are their lives fated to join what would later be called a lost generation?