What would you think of a postmistress who chose not to deliver the mail?
This question is posed by American radio gal Frankie Bard at a dinner party. Of course that stops the conversation cold once they learn it really happened. Frankie’s radio dispatches cross the Atlantic ocean over the airwaves, imploring listeners to pay attention—as the Nazis bomb London nightly, and Jewish refugees stream across Europe. Frankie is convinced that if she can just get the right story, it will wake Americans to action and they will join the fight.
Meanwhile, in Franklin, Massachusetts, a small town on Cape Cod, Iris James, the postmistress, hears Frankie’s broadcasts and believes that it is only a matter of time before the war arrives on Franklin’s shores. In charge of the town’s mail, Iris believes that her job is to deliver and keep people’s secrets. This she does….but she’s not the only one with a secret. Why does Frankie end up in Franklin, is it merely to “rest” or does she have an unfinished story to tell?