Annie, Joan, Helen, and Bernice reunite in this story, which takes place at the end of 1944. Joan, while waiting for her War weary fiancé, Dick Thimble, is stricken to learn that he may not have survived his injuries. While trying to manage through the uncertainty, she loses her job and has a shocking showdown with the ever-present maddeningly attractive Gloria Marini, who has not yet given up her quest for Dick’s heart. Annie, who tries to help Joan navigate the roaring emotional sea, is injured herself when tattered electrical connections cause an explosion in her shop. Her frightening experience brings about renewed vision in the girls’ lives, who begin to see the reality of life’s fragility. Just as it appears that the holidays will bring little cheer that year, surprises bring about a dazzlingly Joyful Christmas Celebration!