In Dublin in 1918, the war is still raging in Europe and the city is confronting the dangerous new flu pandemic. Nurse Julia Powell presides over a tiny maternity ward set aside for pregnant women who have contracted the flu. In this understaffed ward, new life and miserable death war for attention. Into this hospital come two women who change everything for Julia over the course of a few days: Dr. Kathleen Lynn, a Sinn Fein rebel on the run from the police, and Bridie Sweeney, a volunteer helper sent by the nuns. The parallels and differences between our time and 1918, as well as the drama of the maternity ward, make for compelling reading.