It is 1944. It is still wartime. This is a true story about three little girls whose mother is alive one day and gone the next. The father leaves Thrapston, Kettering, where he is working on camouflage at a wartime aerodrome, and takes a position as a civil engineer and architect in his hometown of Merthyr Tydfil, in Wales. He moves with his three children into his father's house. The children's grandfather, mayor of the town 1942-1943, born in the previous century, is a man of his time: upright, disciplined, loyal, decent, a newspaper reader, a man of habit and fortitude. From the start, the grandfather and children fall into a pattern of co-existence: he goes about his work, and they go about their play. The three children rise early, and they race outside--outside is their place to be. They are ardent adventurers, blessed in their companionship because they are three.