year is 1916. The First World War has engulfed Europe and Sir
William’s and Lady Elizabeth’s three sons are all in uniform — and their
four daughters are involved in various pursuits of the heart and soul.
the head of a strong Church of England family for generations, Sir
William insists the Danforth estate hold morning devotions that include
both family and staff. However, he is also an MP and away at Westminster
in London whenever Parliament is sitting. During his long absences,
Lady Elizabeth discreetly spends time in the company of the head cook of
the manor, Mrs. Longstaff, who is her best friend and confidante. This
friendship includes visits to a small Baptist church in Liverpool that
exposes Lady Elizabeth to a less formal approach to Christian worship
and preaching than she is used to and which she comes to enjoy.