Lancashire, 1932. Widower Harry Makepeace lives in Manchester with his sickly daughter Cathie, scrimping and saving to get by. But after she suffers a violent asthma attack, doctors advise them to move to the countryside. Harry buys some land and a disused railway carriage in Ellindale and swiftly becomes part of the community there, becoming good friends with Nina, another newcomer to the village. Finally, he's found somewhere he and Cathie can build a new home.
But times are hard in Ellindale too and Harry struggles to find work. Then there's his old boss, who will stop at nothing to punish him for daring to leave.
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