1915 - the country is trying hard to hold on to the old ways while accommodating new demands. Diana's engagement brings joy, but Charles leaves with his regiment, leaving her at the mercy of his family. David and his friend Oliphant decide to put their names forward for officer training, and Bobby drops a bombshell by volunteering as soon as he's nineteen. Ethel decides she needs a man in a reserved occupation who will resist the call; but the last thing she expects is to begin to fall in love. And Edward helps a refugee in need, and finds his heart more touched than he bargained for. But the war is coming closer for everyone, with devastating effect.