There's consternation among the villagers of Prior's Ford when a firm is interested in re-opening an old granite quarry. It'll be disruptive, noisy and dusty, despite bringing in some new jobs. Publican Glen organises a protest group - but when a local newspaper takes an interest in him and the story, he begins to feel nervous. And when Jenny Forsyth attends a protest meeting, she is shocked to discover the quarry surveyor is an unwelcome face from her past.
Who is about to disturb the peace in Prior's Ford? Actress Meredith Whitelaw, axed from a popular television soap, has descended upon Prior's Ford to 'rest' - but instead she creates havoc for the local dramatic society. Clarissa Ramsay, travelling the world, keeps in contact with her friend Alastair Marshall, who finds himself missing her more with each letter that arrives.
Taking advantage of recent tourist interest, the residents of Prior’s Ford plan a summer festival. But someone is determined to sabotage the event, and it takes all the villagers’ detective skills to stop the vandals. Meanwhile, at Tarbethill Farm things are going from bad to worse. In dire financial straits, Victor, the eldest son, is tempted by a developer’s offer. But if his father finds out it promises to tear the family apart. At the big house, Lewis remains absolutely besotted by his baby daughter.
There’s a storm brewing at the Women’s Rural Institute in Prior’s Ford. When WI president Moira Melrose is defeated in an election by village newcomer Alma Parr, the two neighbours are soon caught up in a bitter dispute – and are dragging the entire village into battle with them. At Tarbethill Farm, Bert McNair refuses to forgive his son Victor for selling some of their farmland to developers and things take a dramatic turn that no one could have predicted...
Famous cookery writer Laura Tyler arrives in Prior’s Ford determined to become immersed in village life – and the village drama group’s forthcoming production of offers her the perfect opportunity. But Laura has cause to regret her involvement when murder calls a halt to rehearsals of the play. As for Constable Neil White, the death means that now he must team up with his estranged wife, Sergeant Gloria Frost, to conduct the subsequent investigation.
The course of true love never did run smooth, as the Prior's Ford villagers are beginning to discover. The once-failing Tarbethill Farm is facing a happier future thanks to Alison Greenlees but Ewan McNair doesn't see himself as the sort of husband Alison deserves, while at Linn Hall the return of famous actress Meredith Whitelaw is bad news for her daughter Ginny, anxious to catch the eye of the son of the house.
Summer is approaching – and life is as eventful as ever at Prior’s Ford. When Tricia and Derek Borland bring home their baby daughter, their elderly neighbours are only too willing to help the new mother. But their enthusiasm begins to wane when it becomes apparent that Tricia is only too ready to take advantage of their kindness.