Ursula is born on a snowy night in 1911. The cord is wrapped around her neck and she dies. Ursula is born again and again on a snowy night in 1911. Each time, the circumstances surrounding her life shape the outcome.
Sometimes she lives through both world wars. Sometimes she's active in fighting the second war, sometimes she tries to wait it out. Each life brings in elements from other lives. She might run into someone in one life who is an acquaintance where in a different life they have more of a main role. Events in her life overlap. These consecutive lives play out the 'what ifs' that we all think.
Ursula is frequently surrounded by the effects of the war, whether she stays in England or goes to Germany. In each life, her sister Pamela is her closest ally and confidant (even though she mostly keeps her feelings of deja vu to herself).
Ursula knows she is different from everyone else. She knows the deja vu she feels is real. At the age of 10, her parents bring her to a psychiatrist. Ursula, in different ways in each life, is caught harming Bridget, a girl that works for their family. Ursula has knocked her over, pushed her down the stairs, made up lies to upset her - all to stop Bridget from going to a celebration that will ultimately lead to a deadly case of the flu. Since only Ursula knows about the flu (but can't say how or why she knows), her parents decide it is time to ask Dr. Kellett what is going on. With the help of Dr. Kellett, Ursula begins to realize that her life is different than others and the deja vu she feels is real. After learning this, sometimes she tries to better herself from the past. Other times, circumstances of life pull her into a downward spiral.
Life After Life is a very unique look at how one person, Ursula, was affected in multiple ways by the two world wars. It's interesting how her decisions in each life are similar, yet change depending on slightly different elements around her.