But Walter had a secret in his past that he asked Emmie to share with him - and she, in turn, told him of her harsh and cruel background that made her feel unworthy to be anyone's wife.
In spite of everything the marriage worked. Walter became Station Master at the lazy little country station of Dymock. Emmie set about rearing her three children, all so different.
As Walter and Emmie watched their children grow, marry, have children of their own, so three women began to dominate the family - Dorothy, who was proud, loyal, strong and frequently extremely irritated with the lames family into which she married, Kildie, illegitimate, manipulative and causing constant trouble, and Holly, the third generation, whose loving spirit often held them together.
It was more than 50 years before Walter lames's secret was revealed - a secret that nearly broke the family apart.