Excitement mounts at the Bailey household in Fellburn, England, as Bill's wife, Fiona, expects their first baby. They already have three children from Fiona's first marriage, and have adopted a fourth. A fifth child will mean adjustments to emotional relationships and new forms of sharing.
Bill and Fiona are now married, with Bill working as a building contractor. He is involved in a bitter struggle to obtain the contract for a major building development. Other problems develop on the domestic front with the children.
Only after returning from his funeral did Fiona Bailey realize how much she would miss Davey Love. Despite her initial doubts & prejudices about this rough-hewn Irishman towards the end of his life she had discovered qualities about him she had overlooked when she and her husband first met Davey and his wayward son Sammy.
Marie Ann Lawson, 14, was running in terror when she stumbled and fell, and later discovered by a local man who, because of a disfigurement, is known as the 'branded man'. The wayward Marie Ann is dispatched to her frosty aunt in London where she is befriended by her aunt's companion, and is encouraged by her piano tutor - who suddenly disappears.
14-year-old Marie Ann Lawson was running away from a sight she'd rather not have witnessed when she stumbled and fell, to be discovered by a local man, who because of a disfigurement, was known as "the branded man". Her mother then placed her with Aunt Martha in London for piano lessons. What now made it necessary for her to return?
People saw Charlie Macfell as a born loser, who always got the dirty end of the stick. But was that all there was to Charlie? When an opportunity emerges for him to display his inner strengths and integrity will he prove them wrong?
Orphaned at age fifteen, Cissie Brodie eludes the poorhouse and manages to keep her family of nine brothers and sisters together. Cissie is raped by a young nobleman and bears his illegitimate child yet maintains her independence.
Harold exploded into Maisie's life shortly after the death of her second husband. The lively little boy brought her so much comfort that she arranged to adopt him. Now, Maisie must face up to not only the challenges that a youngster brings, but many other problems as well.
Linda Metcalfe, a young agricultural student, innocently walks into a violent and bitter feud between the Batleys and the Cadwells, who own neighbouring farms on the Northumbrian coast. She begins to admire Ralph Bately, but he does not want her on the farm or in his life. Until the past bursts into the present,and Ralph must change his attitude.
Emma Funnell, now in her seventies, kept the firmest of hands on affairs at Bramble House. Three generations of the family - all women - lived with her. Great-granddaughter Peggy, 17, is pregnant by a grammar-school lad from a different background. This might be 1968, but the family reaction was to be faced with some trepidation.
Joe Remington's home was virtually another country for his new wife, Elly, and her capacity for rubbing up local people the wrong way made her unpopular. Her pregnancy was made bearable only by the willingness of her sister, Betty, to visit her. But would Betty's presence only widen the rift between husband and wife?
Joe Remington's home was virtually another country for his new bride, Elly, and her capacity for rubbing up local people the wrong way made her unpopular. He pregnancy was made bearable only by her sister's willingness to visit her. But would Betty's presence only widen the rift between husband and wife?