Set against the backdrop of World War II, the wealthy Belleville family must face the tragedies and heartbreak that war brings to the doorstep of their grand Australian home. There is Julia, headstrong and on the cusp of womanhood, who falls desperately in love with an American Army officer against her family's wishes. Her brother Richard is fighting for Britain, flying dangerous missions across the Channel. He meets the beautiful Catherine Cavendish whose aristocratic parents disapprove strongly of the brash young Australian officer. William Belleville resents the popularity of his older brother and when there is an unexpected death in the family, it is William who attempts to usurp his older brother?s authority and take charge of the family fortune. And what of the matriarch Elizabeth Belleville, who must endure the disappointment of a failing marriage?