After the end of the First World War, Jack Ford returns to his home town of Gallowshields on Tyneside. It is time of economic depression, however Jack is not one to suffer. Newly elected as the District Secretary for the Fitter's Union he appoints his brother-in-law Matt Hedley as his deputy. Tom meets a rich lady who is looking for her father and agrees to help, meanwhile, Billy starts work as a doctor at the local surgery in Wellesley Street. Sir Horatio Manners calls in his favour from Jack. Jack pays him back with interest. Bill sets up another shop in Gallowshields and Jack and Dolly get ready for a night out with the Duke of Bedlington. Jack develops a taste for the high life but it proves too rich for Dolly.