Six years after the Great War, the Farmer family considers itself lucky to have come through intact. Though life in London's Dockland can be a struggle, the Farmers are contented with their lot. Except Cissy. Every Saturday night Cissy and her best friend Daisy go UP West to dance and dally with the Bright Young Things. And Langley Makepeace's demands are very high -- debonair and sophisticated, he sweeps Cissy off her feet and into the brittle world of which she dreams. And how will Eddie Bennet, the gentle loving boy everyone assumed she would marry, take such a rejection? Only when some of the glamour begins to fade does Cissy question whether she has achieved her dream of a better life.