Mitford is a small town in America that has always resisted change. Fortunately, Mitford hasn't clung too fiercely to the past, for now it looks as though upheaval is inevitable. Father Tim, the Episcopal rector, and his vivacious wife Cynthia, must live in chaos while a stranger recuperates in the rectory. Dooley, the mountain boy they love as their own, is home for the holidays, and Cynthia is about to start writing her next children's book. Some villagers are set to move away, and a brash mayoral candidate is making an aggressive bid to take over from the popular Esther Cunningham. Finally, with the threat to turn the beloved house on the hill into an international spa, the prospect of change has never been more alarming. Now comes the litmus test of every small town and village - will Mitford's heart, and that of its people, remain steadfast?