Ivy and her mother live in Australia, far away from where the Great War is raging. They have moved with Aunt Hilda whose flat so small that has to sleep under kitchen table. Not only that, but she also empty Hilda’s chamber pot! ‘The Pests’ on one side and, other side, lives grumpy old Mr Wilson—who a deep secret. writes father, who fighting overseas. She tells him all about life at home—how family little money; how children sew sandbags, knit socks roll up bandages for war; volunteers Cheer Up Society, making cups of tea wharf when hospital ships come in; Big Pest collects leeches hospital. Socks, Sandbags Leeches set against backdrop First World War—the Gallipoli landings withdrawal, propaganda Australia false reports newspapers, schoolchildren’s war work fundraising, return wounded shell-shocked soldiers, eventually wonderful news peace.