When Eve Taylor leaves Liverpool for a new life in Cardiff, her teenage daughter Rita has little choice but to go and live with the aunt she never knew she had. Margaret Sinclair, the local pawnbroker, grudgingly agrees to look after her wayward niece. Despite an initial battle of wills the two soon become firm friends, especially when Rita re-introduces Margaret to her long lost childhood sweetheart William Brodie. As the Great Depression hits, the Brodie family find themselves facing financial ruin - can Rita persuade her aunt to help, or will her feelings for William get in the way of a deal? As Rita's relationship with the Brodie family flourishes and secrets from Margaret's past emerge, both women must make a dramatic change of heart if they are to avoid making the same mistakes all over again ...