Alice fights her own battles and is fiercely independent but as the only Land Girl on a South Island sheep farm surrounded by cynical, abrupt, and demanding men, she has a long way to go to earn their trust and respect. She must prove her farming skills, downplay her emotions, and find a way to fit in beside these stern and often heartless farmers.
Every war, big or small, has its victims, and despite an alcoholic mother and troubled past, Alice is determined not to be the victim again, ever. Her challenging past continues to rise and confront her, as she faces down the struggles of each new day, but a winter storm brings with it a turning point of extraordinary self-discovery about her own inner strength.
Fergus shows her kindness and compassion, but he is also potentially using her for his own ends as a conscientious objector, to avoid the soldier ballots. He must earn her trust and she must decide if he’s worth the effort.