A journey of redemption and reconciliation, with Wilfred Hartley as black sheep of his family, vying unsuccessfully for parental approval with his twin elder brothers. They are both killed in 1916 and to prove himself to his grief stricken parents, Wilfred joins up. Shell shocked and shattered at Paschendaele,in 1918, he changes uniforms with a German officer, and is then captured by his own side, ending up in a POW camp in Scotland. Things aren't exactly going his way. Escape to Canada provides an opportunity to prove himself and gain redemption. In partnership with a Canadian wartime friend, Wilfred makes a fortune and eventually marries. Before it's too late he decides to return home to attempt a reconciliation with his parents. Back in his home town of Bristol, an emotional reunion is followed by only two years with his parents, until the unsettled situation in Europe turns into another war. Wilfred's life remains challenged by regular appearances from the mysterious man with one arm, one leg and one eye.