Scottish soldier Robert Stewart and Charlotte Roussard, a French young woman, meet shortly before the start of the Second World War. A gifted piano prodigy, Charlotte is attending the Paris Conservatory of Music. It was love at first sight for him. After a brief courtship, they cross her parents, marry and move to Canada.During Robert’s employment on the Alcan Highway during the war, Charlotte bears him two sons and a daughter. At war’s end, Robert hires on with a railroad and moves his family to San Luis Obispo, CA. Depressed by the weather, the responsibility of marriage and motherhood, Charlotte begins to lose touch with reality. Upon the death of her mother, Charlotte’s father asks that his daughter return to France to care for him. Against Robert’s protests, Charlotte returns to France while Robert remains at his job in California.Their decisions thrust their children ...