Nova Scotia, 1942: Izzie and her family have been living a new kind of life in the town of Woodside. Her mother has a job on the assembly line at the sugar refinery, and Izzie and her brother, Joey, have found new friends. Still, with Izzie's father in the navy, it's impossible for the family not to worry about him when they see explosions in the night just beyond Halifax Harbour or when they hear news of the sinking of another ship.
When Izzie's family learn they can return to Granite Cove for the summer, Izzie is delighted and invites her friend Patricia to stay with them. But there is no escaping the reality of war, and one fateful day the family receive a telegram that will change their lives.