Alice Ware, aged 18, is pretty, charming and impetuous. At home in Yorkshire, she is determined to seize any fresh opportunities and experiences that come her way. The arrival of a new neighbour, the elegant and scandalous Mrs Emma Cheevey, leads to visits from her two highly eligible soldier sons. Alice is instantly drawn to Matthew, the younger brother - and then Captain Steven Cheevey arrives home from South Africa. Alice's choice is made, her future secure...until a reckless decision throws the lives of three people into turmoil.