In 1946, Pedlar’s Row in Bermondsey is home to a close-knit community counting its blessings to have survived the war intact – and full of curiosity about the new family moving into number three. And the Priors’ move into the Row is not without incident.
Laura Prior, who’s unmarried, having had to care for her invalid father, enjoys the excitement of her new home – not least because of her growing attraction to docker Billy Cassidy. But her sister Lucy finds life harder; with rationing, a shortage of homes, having to contend with a husband who’s emotionally scarred from his internment in a Japanese POW camp, and her guilt about a war-time affair, it isn’t easy to settle down to normal married life. So the situation isn’t helped when Lucy finds herself and her family embroiled in local villain Archie Westlake’s shady dealings. And when a body is discovered on a bombsite behind the Row, no one is beyond suspicion of murder.