It's a time of turmoil for the village of Turnham Malpas....
Peter and Caroline Harris live a comfortable life at the rectory, but their cosy world is shaken up when Caroline's old flame, Morgan Jefferson, appears. He's intent on convincing her to pursue a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - in America. Plus, it looks like Caroline's career isn't the only thing Morgan is interested in.
Meanwhile, newlyweds Chris and Deborah Templeton seem to be the perfect union. The old unpredictable Chris has been replaced by a kinder and gentler man, yet he has doubts. Where does Deborah disappear to for days on end? Why won't she tell her husband?