Born on the last days of the Blitz, life has not been easy for Dorrie Potter. Her parents' marriage is not a happy one. Flo, her mother, wishes she had taken a chance on her unreliable childhood sweetheart, Frank, instead of allowing herself to be bowled over by the good looks and sailor's uniform of Arthur Potter. For Arthur, though a good man, is blind where his wife and family are concerned. Dorre's lazy eye and flights of fancy mark her out as different to the other children, and Arthur is determined to ensure that she fits in. For Dorrie's own sake she must be brought into line- and kept away from her eccentric grandmother, Nora. But Nora Potter knows that what marks Dorrie out as different isn't her lazy eye, but what it enables her to see...