Les Tatter, born into a hard-working East End family and growing up during the First World War, finds the poverty, hardship and class prejudice around him almost too much to bear. He runs away from home, goes on the road with a pair of kind hearted tramps and finally ends up finding peace and salvation in a monastery. But his hopes turn to ashes again when he receives bad news from home. Who can he turn to when his world collapses around him? A novel of hardship and redemption set in the years after World War One.