The Brogdens were one of Chalywell's most important families. Old Jacob had started the family antique business when he was nine years old. But the most beautiful thing in Jacob's life was his granddaughter, Lois. When Lois fell in love with John Farrar, the whole family were dismayed, for between Jacob and the Farrars there was a deep and abiding feud. But as war broke out, Lois found her life changing irrevocably.