17-year-old Alice Tozer comes as a maid to the Tozers' farm in Burracombe in the spring of 1918. She soon falls in love with the little village. But that's not all she's falling for. Ted Tozer is half promised to young Ivy Prowse, daughter of a neighbouring farmer, yet Alice and Ted feel a powerful bond forming. But romance must wait as Ted's brother Joe returns from the war only to fall ill with influenza. Alice sees a new side to the family as she nurses Joe and wonders if life as a farmer's wife could be her destiny. As the year turns towards the first peacetime Christmas in years, it seems like there will be more to celebrate in Burracombe than anyone had hoped.