Another Mother’s Son. Under the rule of history’s most evil regime, and abandoned by Churchill on the brink of the war, The Channel Islanders were the first to experience life under the Third Reich. Jersey became something of a prison island, where captured POW’s (particularly from Russia) were bought and forced to build an Atlantic Wall, a huge concrete fortification to defend the islands from British counter attack. British citizens who were not born on the island were sent to Germany.
Louisa Gould, a simple shop keeper charged with delivering the dwindling rations to her undernourished community, learns that one of her sons has been killed in battle. At the same time a young POW escapes from the German prison camp, and Louisa feels compelled to look after him – a Russian POW. Despite her family’s protests, she believes that this is the right thing to do and that “Any mother would do the same”.
Despite the obvious dangers, Louisa is confident her small and close knit community will protect her and her new family member “Bill” as he adjusts to life with her and her family. German paranoia and oppression increases with the escalation of war, and with it the solidarity of the islanders begins to fall apart. Lou’s family learn that neighbours are turning on each other in exchange for food and other privileges from the German regime. Against this backdrop, Louisa fights for her family and the protection of Bill as if he were her own son – it is viewed by many as acting in far too cavalier a way in such troubled circumstances. If Louisa’s secret is uncovered, it will not only be her but her entire family who suffers…