All the evidence pointed to one conclusion..Marriage was not invented for a couple like Susan Trent and Steve Markham. For one thing, their jobs were polar opposites. As sheriff, Steve was obligated to keep the peace. As a consumer advocate reporter, Susan was expected to expose covert injustices and the greater the resulting controversy, the better the story. More important, they were headed in different directions; Steve for the continued tranquility of the West Virginia Blue Ridge mountains, Susan for the excitement of big city television.
Until Susan left town for the next stage of her career, the best thing they could do was maintain a safe distance between them...but that was nearly impossible when the townsfolk kept throwing them together.