Lidia leaves New York and returns to Madrid in search of Sofía, who has run away to join the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War.
Lidia's friends — both old and new — help her attempt to force Carlos to call Sofía back from the front lines. Pablo looks for ways to avoid enlisting.
Óscar and Carlota risk their journalistic integrity in exchange for helping Lidia with Sofía. Marga falls ill while running a dangerous errand.
Carlos and Lidia encounter trouble in their search for Sofía. Carlota visits the western front with James, to Óscar's chagrin. Pablo goes missing.
When Madrid falls to the Nationalists, Lidia and most of her friends must face widespread grief and devastation, with long-term consequences.