First we meet Chloe Pencarrow, a widow of two years who has moved from London to Cornwall, hoping to get away from the constant memories of her deceased husband Neil. It's well established that Chloe is still deeply grieving for her husband who died from cancer at age 32.
Chloe is an artist and teacher but she has put her love to paint on hold these past two years. When she moves to Cornwall and away from looks of pity and unsolicited advice from her mother she finally has a chance to breathe.
Matthew Enys is a historian and huge fan of the Cornwall poet Christopher "Kit" Rivers. Matt is doing restoration work at Rosecraddick manor, trying to salvage a part of Kit's life and perhaps bring his poetry to the attention and distinction of other famous war poets. Kit's image is imortalized in a stain glassed window in the church. Little is known about his life other than he was heir to a Rosecraddick manor and surrounding lands, a very upper class family yet a very down to earth young man.
Chloe, with her eye for artistic detail, notices a daisy in the stained glass, something so glaringly out of place that it has to represent something very important about Kit. As she helps Matthew go through old documments and treasures she accidently stumbles upon a great clue. In her rental there is an old floorboard which was a hiding place. Chloe pries it up and finds a diary and letters in an old biscuit tin. At this point in the novel we land in 1914 before the first world war.
The story of Daisy and Kit