This is a powerful and dramatic love story set against the backdrop of World War 1. Lady Elizabeth, quickly becoming Lilly, defies her aristocratic parents to join the war effort as an ambulance driver for the WAAC. She falls in love with a surgeon from the slums of Glasgow, and the book chronicles their love through to consummation.
The scenes of the field hospital are compellingly accurate, but the over all tone of the book does not dwell so much on the horrors of the Great War, as on the burgeoning romance between Robbie and Lily. The book brought back echoes of Lady Sybil and the early episodes of Downtyon Abbey.