Life in Poplar is as busy as ever, and the docks are kept busy with a flow of newly-imported goods. But despite this opportunities for work are waning, and a struggling dockworker’s wife is forced into a difficult decision over the birth of her child, leading Barbara to the biggest test of her career.

Meanwhile, keen to improve her language skills, Nurse Crane joins a Spanish class, where she meets widower Tommy – a like-minded gentleman who shares her passion for all things Mediterranean.

Sister Evangelina deals with a young mother struggling to breastfeed, encouraging her to keep trying for the good of her newborn child. Her advice has serious consequences and Evangelina faces a difficult decision of her own.