Set in America during World War II I found this to be an interesting setting. Charlotte is suffering the departure of her son to war, which has completely changed her and her relationships. Charlotte’s loss is the driving force of her decisions, trying to keep the orchard thriving, making her actions for her interest only – this makes her a character to difficult to like. But within the context of the story you do undestand these actions even if you do not like the character. Charlotte decides to bring in German POWs to help with the cherry orchard. This has repercussions for all the family and the community.