Dusty travels to Europe with Bluey where they both serve the war with the rest of the cane cutters. The cane harvest suffers without the skilled workers serving overseas and when the Italians are interned out of fear, it gets even worse. When an injury sends Bluey back home, he finds the Silkwood practically deserted. He and Franco, an Italian cane cutter who escaped internment, must work through the harvest with what little they have left. Kate’s husband finally returns home and finds that she has fallen for Franco.