Brigid is one of a group of child refugees being escorted to England by the Red Cross in October 1946. She is a serious, silent figure, with worn clothes and shoes and a small cardboard suitcase containing all her belongings. On arrival at Waterloo Station however, Brigid breaks from the group and runs. Brigid has a secret which she has buried deep inside her. She also has an ulterior motive – she needs to find a place called Summerland Hall where she hopes she will find the one person left alive who is deeply important to her.