Its 1935, and Maggie Ross loves her life among the stallholders in Kelvin Market, where her husband Tony has a bricabrac stall and where she lives, with her young family, above Mr. Goldmans tailoring shop. But when, one fine spring day, her husband disappears into thin air, her world collapses.
The last anyone saw of Tony was at Rotherhithe station, where Mr. Goldman glimpsed him boarding a train. Maggie can only guess at her husbands destination or his reason for leaving so suddenly when shes got a baby on the way. What she does begin to learn is who her real friends are, as she struggles to bring her children up alone. Theres outspoken, goldenhearted Winnie, and cheeky Eve whom shes known since girlhood. And then there's Inspector Matthews, the policeman sent to investigate her husbands disappearance, to whom Maggie is increasingly drawn.