The action of this novel takes place on November 14, 1940 - the night that Coventry, England, was bombed by the Germans beyond all recognition. Harriet, widowed in the first World War, takes the place of an elderly man for that night on fire-watch over the Coventry Cathedral. November 14th was the most relentlessly bombed night in the history of wartime Coventry, and Harriet was placed in its midst with a man half her age - the son of someone she knew long ago. Humphreys writes of that terrible night with such vividness. This story was impossible to put down.