Moira and Jack Taylor own a thriving rag-and-bone business, and have six children. Their contented family life is upset when their eldest daughter, Nora, steals 18-year-old Maggie’s fiancé, Robert, a widower with a young son. Maggie, heartbroken, swears that she will never forgive her sister’s betrayal. The First World War and the Spanish flu epidemic of 1919 bring further tragedy, and the younger generation of the Taylor family embark on their own adventures. Nora’s beloved son, Charlie, takes centre stage in this warm-hearted family saga, as he struggles to keep the family business going through the difficult years that follow, spanning World War Two and Beyond.