Anne and Davy Hilton begin their marriage by living with his parents while Davy builds a home of their own. A teacher at a one-room schoolhouse, Anne crusades to improve her students' lives in this poor Missouri Ozarks community, only to find herself drawn into family dilemmas. How can she help Calvin, her special student, escape the clutches of Granny Eldridge? Will her proud but impoverished neighbor, Jane Decker, accept help? Can Anne and Davy make a home in the hills?