This is the long story of Sally Ann from a fourteen-year-old child-woman who met an older man at a village dance, through to motherhood while the Battle of Britain raged overhead. Her father, old Mr Sutton, a gentle kindly man, telling his wry humorous tales from an earlier age when his father seemed to employ the entire village. Solemn young Sidney who managed his life to the last farthing, farms in partnership with his shy, sensitive older brother who suffered a catastrophic personal loss; only saved by a supportive auctioneer who provided a lifeline of man-to-man friendship. This is also the story of the birth of the Second Agricultural Revolution told in three ages: nineteen twenty-nine; nineteen thirty-nine; nineteen forty-nine. Daily life in the English countryside emerges through the stormy lives of the main characters.