When the Second World War breaks out, young Willie Beech is evacuated to the countryside.
A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of kind old Tom Oakley.
But then his cruel mother summons him back to war-torn London . . . Will he ever see Mister Tom again?
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