An intertitle reads "The Departure". A woman is at home with her two young children. She puts the older boy at the window to wait for his father and sits at the table. The door swings open and her husband enters. After kissing his wife he too sits down. He is summoned into service. The boys wave their father off at the window while his wife sits crying at the table. An intertitle reads "After the war". The soldier returns to a near empty room, the youngest boy sickly in his wife's arms. The husband leaves immediately, stealing bread from a Forfar bakers' cart. He runs off down the street, the baker in pursuit. Returning with the loaf for his starving family, he is followed in by a policeman. The woman gestures to her sick and hungry children in her husband's defense. The older boy hands the bread back to the policeman who picks him up, settling him on his knee. The policeman gives the couple some money and leaves.