Fire : Allie and her friends Louise, Irene and Daisy all work at Dunbar & Jones, one of the country's most glamorous and sophisticated department stores. Allie's a salesgirl in the dress department, Louise works in lingerie, Irene is a typist in Accounts and Daisy makes hats in the workroom out the back. As they make their plans for the summer of 1953, their friendship is strained when one of the four begins an illicit relationship, and Allie finds herself attracted to handsome Sonny Manaia whose best mate is leader of a notorious motorbike gang. In the week before Christmas 1953, as the country prepares for a Royal Visit by the young Queen Elizabeth and the store is crammed with wealthy shoppers, smoke is discovered drifting from the basement lift shaft. What happens next will sear the heart of the city, tearing families apart and testing friendship, love and loyalty, opening wounds that will never heal.