A COMPASSIONATE, DRAMATIC SAGA OF LIFE IN THE EAST END IN THE EARLY FIFTIES. Ginny has a dream. A huge, pillared house with a sweeping staircase, white and perfect. But life, in reality, is different. She is barely more than a child when her family is killed in the Blitz. Marriage to handsome, charming Ted seems like the answers to her prayers. But Ted is a bully, and violent, and Ginny finds she is trapped, emotionally and practically, reliant on a man who hates the sight of her. Then she meets the glamourous Leila and is introduced to a brave new world. Leila shows her how - if she plays her cards right - she can make her dreams come true.