In the aftermath of WWII, Kit Smallwood leaves bombed-out London for the respite of Oxfordshire to help a family friend set up Moonstone Home, a maternity hospital in India. Kit, a former midwifery student too traumatized to finish her training, intends to restrict herself to administrative work until she meets Anto, an Indian doctor who is doing translation for the charity. Defying the objections of Kit’s mother and the arranged marriage waiting for Anto, they marry and set off for India. But while Kit arrives optimistic about her marriage and her work, before long she is chafing against the restrictions placed on her by Anto’s traditional family and by a society that looks down on midwives. As she is drawn further into the world of Moonstone Home, anti-English sentiment in newly independent India begins to threaten both her work and those she loves.