Johnny Bookman had not wanted to leave the security and familiarity of his London home when he was evacuated to the country in September 1939. At first, Winchurch in Somerset seemed like a foreign land to him and he planned his escape. Anita Evesham, used to living away from her parents, treated the move as a bit of an adventure. Coming from totally different backgrounds, Anita and Johnny are thrown together. Anita, whom Johnny insists on calling Annie, is drawn to the young boy from the first day. Their experiences are destined to change both of their lives and the lives of their families.