Pixie Saunders is nineteen and works in the local armaments factory near Portsmouth. Her mother has run off yet again with a dodgy-looking bloke, leaving Pixie to pay the rent and fend for herself. Pixie, along with her best friend Rita and the rest of the girls are making the most of the war while trying to stay alive. The work is dangerous and the hours long, but in the evenings they take off their overalls and go dancing. Pixie meets American serviceman Cal and falls in love. She couldn't be happier. Then Pixie falls pregnant and her life changes dramatically. Happiness seems a thing of the past.