A deeply moving saga based in 20th-century Liverpool.
From a very young age Laura Redmond resents the way her father speaks to her mother. She does not understand that in spite of his heated outbursts, John Redmond is a loyal and devoted husband.
As Laura grows up her protective love for her mother, Anne, leads to a love/hate relationship between father and daughter. Many think this is because they are so alike - both uncompromising, outspoken and determined. Only Laura’s great-grandmother, Sally Ward, recognises the truth.
It takes many years filled with triumph and tragedy for the family, and the arrival of a very special man in Laura’s life, before she can see things clearly and properly grasp the true nature of her father.